Alligator Mother and Young

All Stacked Up, Alligator Mother and Young

A mother Alligator will stay around her young for two to three years; the juveniles are on their own to eat but she will ward off predators. They often can be seen piled on each other, probably to control temperature and some sense of protection when they are very young.

Alligator Family
Alligator Family

They all appeared to be ignoring us but you can see the “king of the hill” opened his eyes between my first and second shots.

Alligator Mother and Young
Alligator Mother and Young

You can easily pick out five juveniles above, there were three or four down by momma’s tail, and I’m sure more we couldn’t see in the grass.

Alligator Mother and Young
Alligator Mother and Young

Just based on my observations I’d say these are around six months old.

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