Common name: MISSISSIPI ALLIGATOR
Scientific name: Alligator mississippiensis
spawn: 20-70 – Incubation: 60-70 days
southeastern part of North America
Rivers, swamps, lagoons
birds – mammals – fish – reptiles
The Mississipi Alligator lives in the southeastern part of North America. This reptile inhabits rivers, streams, ponds, swamps, lagoons and lakes. It is occasionally found in salty waters. Being cold blooded, it has to keep itself warm in the sun. During the cold season, from the end of October to the beginning of March, it hibernates in mud-holes that it often has to dig by itself.
If temperatures fall under 20°C, the alligator stops eating. Mating takes place from the end of March until July. A minumum of 20 to a maximum of 70 eggs are layed at a time and take from 60 to 70 days to fully develop. The nest is guarded by the mother until the newborns hatch emitting a loud squeal that is heard even before the eggs open. At birth, the newborn alligators are black with yellow stripes.
The mother takes care of the newborns until about 2 years of age. Alligators have a long lifespan and can even live up to 80 years of age. The females can reach a length of 2 meters while males reach 4-5 meters.