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REPTILES

Black Bayou Lake NWR

AMERICAN ALLIGATORS

Alligator mississippiensis

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Large, armored lizard-like, short legs, large heads
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Unique in North Louisiana
  • CONSERVATION STATUS: Least Concern - Population Increasing
  • DIET: Birds, fish, turtles, snakes, small mammals, carrion
  • HABITAT: Lakes, rivers, swamps
  • BREEDING:May - June, 20 - 60 eggs laid in mound nests of reeds
  • BEHAVIOR: Adults tend to be solitary, young alligators may congregate in groups
  • THREATS: Parasites (Adults), Parsites, birds, raccoons, bobcats, other alligators (Juveniles)
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Can run up to 30 mph in short bursts
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Spring, Summer, Fall