A curious little fellow came to greet me today. Just a babe, but very cute. His family is one of the longest lived on the planet today. They have been around since the Cretaceous period (80 million years ago.) He could grow to be 800 pounds and 13 feet long, but he has a long way to go. He's just over 3 feet head to tail now.
Alligators are cold blooded, so you will find them on the banks sunning themselves to warm their body during the day. They should NEVER be hand fed. You do not want to tame them to come looking for food. Just enjoy their grace and leave them to fend for themselves. The young are curious, but will grow to be more skittish as they get older.
One interesting fact about the reproduction of this animal is that it's sex depends on the ambient temperature. Once the eggs are laid, the sex of the offspring is determined by the temperature in the nest and is fixed within 7 to 21 days of the start of incubation. Incubation temperatures of 30°C (86°F) or lower produce a clutch of females; those of 34°C (93°F) or higher produce entirely males.
He needs a name, any ideas?