Young Alligators often perch on their mother’s body, maybe for safety or in this case a good sun patch.
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.
A closer view of the two duck weed coated youngsters on the bank:
Another juvenile found his own dry spot, complete with dappled sun.
April 1, 2022
7 thoughts on “Juvenile Alligators”
Nice series, Ellen! These little guys sure look tame compared to the grownups 😏
Thanks, Belinda! They do, and often will make a hasty retreat if they notice a human. More often they don’t move at all.
That’s a good riding-on-mother’s-back picture. Don’t think I’ve ever seen that till now.
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.
They look quite cute, but would not touch them! 😀
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.
Yes I would certainly be keeping my eyes open from a distance! NO problem my pleasure 😀