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9 Bone Crushing Facts about Alligators Postcards from Florida

9 Bone Crushing  Facts about Alligators Postcards from Florida

9 Amazing Facts about Alligators Postcards from Florida

  How many Razor Bone Crushing Teeth do Alligators Have?  Alligators can have up to 80 teeth at any given time. New teeth grow to replace worn ones and throughout a lifetime an alligator can have between 2,000 and 3,000 teeth.

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1.   How Many People attacked by Alligators – 2018  

But those types of attacks are rare. In Florida, over the last 60 years, there have been 24 alligator attacks where people died.  Check out Florida Stats

9 Bone Crushing  Facts about Alligators Postcards from Florida
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2. Can you outrun an Alligator?    It’s very rare for an alligator to chase a human on dry land. And the average humancould easily outrun an alligator, zigzagging or not — it tops out at a speed of around 11 miles per hour (18 kph), and it can’t maintain that speed for very long [source: San Diego Zoo].

9 Bone Crushing  Facts about Alligators Postcards from Florida
Alligator Hidden in Grass

3.  What State has the Largest Alligator Population?  Louisiana has the highest alligator population, currently approaching 2 million. Although alligators can be found in ponds, lakes, canals, bayous, rivers and swamps, in Louisiana the highest populations occur in coastal marshes

4.  How does an Alligator Hunt?   Scientist has developed a way to study the hunting Habits of Alligators by placing a Video cam strapped to the head of the gator.   The Crittercam results reveal that alligators are prolific hunters: “They’re attacking something once every two hours,  Check out this National Geographic Study

American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) were also twice as successful in their hunting attempts when the reptiles were underwater.  That prey consisted of items like crayfish and turtles, as opposed to mammals such as raccoons, which alligators can catch when they’re hunting at the surface.  The video footage also showed that alligators were most successful when hunting between 4:00 and 9:00 in the morning.

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5.  How do Alligators Digest their Prey?  An alligator stomach is a hostile environment. Their stomach acids have a pH of less than 2—in the range of lemon juice and vinegar—and most soft-bodied prey is totally digested in two to three days. If you wound up in a gator stomach, however, you’d stick around a bit longer. Bone and other hard parts can take 13 to 100 days to disappear completely.  The Alligators Blood is able to easily combat infection.  Making it adaptable to murky bacteria infest waters of a swamp.    When Prey is not Available Alligators will eat fruit.

6.    How Large can an Alligator grow to?  Male American Alligators can reach a weight of half a ton or 1000 pounds and 16 feet in length. Chinese Alligators are considerably smaller, rarely weighing more than 100 pounds and extending greater than 5 feet in length. Five members of the Stokes family captured and killed a giant alligator at the Alabama River on August 16, 2014, which measured 15 feet and 9 inches long and weighed 1,011.5 pounds (~458.8 kg). Most sources pick this one as the largest alligator ever recorded in 2018

7.   How are Alligators Born?  Once mating is complete, female alligators construct nests made of vegetation and mud. They can lay over 50 eggs on these nests in a single season. Alligators are amongst the most attentive parents in the reptile world, tending to remain with their young and care for them for as long as three years. 

8.  How many Razor Bone Crushing Teeth do Alligators Have?  Alligators can have up to 80 teeth at any given time. New teeth grow to replace worn ones and throughout a lifetime an alligator can have between 2,000 and 3,000 teeth.  Their diets of Bones, Turtle Shells, Other Younger Alligators cause the loss of Many Teeth.

9 Bone Crushing  Facts about Alligators Postcards from Florida
Alligators Razor Teeth

9. Are Alligators an Endangered Species?  In the 1950s, the American Alligator became seriously endangered mainly due to being hunted for their skins.   In contrast the Chinese Alligator have fewer than 120 left remaining in the Wild.

 

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