Juvenile Alligator

Juvenile Alligators

Young Alligators often perch on their mother’s body, maybe for safety or in this case a good sun patch.

Juvenile Alligator on Mother's Back
Juvenile Alligator on Mother’s Back

Bulls Island is a barrier island off the coast of South Carolina made of a series of ancient sand dunes that run parallel to the long ocean side. Over time fresh water sloughs have formed between the dunes, home to many Alligators.

Juvenile Alligator on Mother's Back, Two Others on Bank
Juvenile Alligator on Mother’s Back, Two Others on Bank

A closer view of the two duck weed coated youngsters on the bank:

Two Juvenile Alligators on Bank
Two Juvenile Alligators on Bank

Another juvenile found his own dry spot, complete with dappled sun.

Juvenile Alligator
Juvenile Alligator

April 1, 2022

7 thoughts on “Juvenile Alligators”

    1. Thanks, Steve. It’s pretty common behavior, especially when they are really young. I think they swim right out of their egg, but why not hitch a ride for awhile.

    1. It’s rare for reptiles, but with their young it is momma alligator you need to be more concerned about as she keeps watch until they are about two years old. And always keep your fingers, hands, feet… at a distance! Thanks for stopping by.

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