Birds and wildlife fascinate me. I enjoy observing them and photographing them wherever I go. I share what I learn here.
Tiny Gator Emerging from the Egg
Alligator Babies - Learn All about Them
I had the rare opportunity yesterday to see a baby alligator riding on its mother's back. This sighting was in a lake by the golf course where we play several days a week. Somewhere in the brushy areas of the course must be an alligator nest. I'll be more careful rummaging around for my lost golf balls in future. I wouldn't want to upset a mother alligator protecting her nest of eggs.
Seeing the baby alligator made me curious about the early days of an alligator's life. How big are they when they are born? How long do they hang around with the mother? What do the baby alligators eat? I've hunted for the answers for these and other questions about baby alligators. Enjoy the fun facts about baby gators and don't miss the informative videos about baby alligators.
I've also included places for you to go to see alligators.
My Baby Alligator Photos - and a Grown Up Alligator
Caution: The Mother Is Dangerous
I took some great photos of baby alligators and even shots showing them on their mother's back. Since Flickr won't let me show it here, I'll give you the link to the baby alligator photos.
This photo shows three baby alligators in a mossy, sort of swampy area. There were more there. I've read that the baby alligators stay close together and the group is called a pod.
Remember that the mother alligator looks out for the babies. Even if you don't see her, she is probably nearby. Don't take any risks by going close to the babies or trying to catch one.
I used a zoom lens to take this photo of the babies and also of the adult alligator.
More Photos of Baby Alligators - Taken by Virginia Allain
Pictures of Food for Young Alligators - Photographer: Virginia Allain
Baby Animals Series - Alligators
How Big Is a Baby Alligator?
As you can see from this photo, a just-hatched baby alligator will fit in your hand. They grow fast though. When it hatches, it can be eight to ten inches in length.
Hand Holding a Baby Alligator
Short Videos about Baby Alligators
1) Baby alligators catching and eating small fish.
2) National Geographic film of a mother alligator protecting her babies.
3) A mother alligator digs away at the nest to bring the newly hatched babies down to the water.
4) Releasing baby alligators into the wild where one is eaten by a larger gator.
Have You Seen a Baby Alligator?
Realistic Model Alligator with a Baby
Some Animals That Eat Baby Alligators - Photos by Virginia Allain
More Photos of Alligators
by Virginia Allain
I take some of these photos right in my backyard, as we have a small lake which attracts these big reptiles. The young I've only seen while I was out golfing. They seem to be in areas where there is conservation land with trees and swampy areas next to a good sized lake.
Probably the wooded, brushy area makes a good place to put the nest and cover it. Once the little ones hatch out, they can move over to the larger body of water.
The reason I haven't seen baby alligators in my backyard is there is no brushy area for the nest.
More Alligator Photos by Virginia Allain
In My Backyard
Places to See Alligators
Gatorland is the only one of these that I've visited. You will need at the very least half a day to see all the exhibits, but allow more time as they have some excellent demonstrations, a small train that takes you around the swampy areas to see additional alligators and don't miss the feeding time for the large gators. Dramatic.
Bring your camera!
More Places to See These Reptiles
- Our Story - GatorWorld Parks of Florida - Alligator Attraction Near Orlando
Theme Parks, beaches, and alligators. Almost all Florida visitors seem to have seeing an alligator on their bucket list! Alligator Attraction Near Orlando.
- Gatorland, the Alligator Capital of the World
We like to take guests to this fascinating place. It dates back to 1949. This is a 110-acre alligator theme park and wildlife preserve, combining Old Florida charm with exciting, new exhibits, zip line, and entertainment.
- St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park and Crocodile Crossing Zip Line
Find out about all the fun things to see at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
The Gator Boys on Animal Planet Capture Baby Alligators
My friend AJ from North Carolina shared this story:
"I enjoyed reading about the babies as well as looking at the beautiful photos. I'm on my way to Flickr to see more. But I must say I hope that was a super zoom you used to take the photo of the 3 baby gators!
I watch Gator Boys on Animal Planet sometimes. They catch nuisance gators live without harming them, to rescue them. They also do some conservation work to help different ecologists or other groups.
Anyway, they went out at night to catch some baby alligators. They take them somewhere to be studied and then relocated to a place that needs more gators for the ecosystem. They said that is the most dangerous thing they do -- and the one guy jumps into the murky water to catch a gator too close to someone's house -- because the mother alligators are ferocious when it comes to their babies and you won't see her, she'll come out of nowhere and get anyone who gets near them.
I never knew the babies rode on mom's back."
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© 2011 Virginia Allain
I hope you enjoyed my page about baby alligators
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 27, 2015:
For me, it is exciting to see any alligator. I am very careful and use a zoom lens. The baby ones are special as we do not see them often.
Mark Johann from New Zealand on July 27, 2015:
The baby alligators are so cute. I wonder how I could have been excited watching closely on a hatching alligators. This is exciting I supposed. But you Virginia seeing those?
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 26, 2015:
The only alligators I have personally seen have been in zoos but my hubby has seen them on golf courses in Florida. There are some in our part of Texas but not in our part of Houston...at least none reported so far. In other parts of our city there have been some sightings. Very interesting hub and you took some great photos. I did not know that the babies would ride like that on their mother's back. Up votes and sharing. Also pinning to my animals board.
CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on July 26, 2015:
Thanks for a great hub on baby alligators and wonderful images. I held a baby crocodile once and that was amazing. I will have to take a visit to Florida to see the alligators as well!
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 19, 2015:
Well covered and a fun read. I did see baby alligators years ago in Florida. Like them much better that way. lol
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 05, 2015:
Nicely done. Living here in Florida we do have opportunities that others may not. I have had many of the same you shared.
Right now I visit often a friend who has lives on a lake and has her own tiny lake right in front of her house Small alligators are there right now and Momma is no doubt watching them carefully.
Thanks for sharing this amazing creature with others.
Many Angels are on the way to you this evening ps Voted up++++
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on July 01, 2015:
Beautiful photos. Thank goodness in New Zealand we don't have alligators, I'm quite happy viewing them on the internet, TV, etc as they are a very interesting reptile.
Thanks for sharing.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 12, 2014:
@bbmcfarlane: That would be pretty amazing. I'm sure it won't survive the winters you have there, but may be happy for the summer at least.
bbmcfarlane on June 12, 2014:
Great info. We were looking at our pond and. Seen something not familiar. First we thought it was a lizard. But it was completely immersed. In the water. We were wow what is that. We were ableto watch it walk on the bottom of the pond. It was about 12to 16 inches long. When I see your pictures of baby alligators. It looked just like them. This is the thing. We live in Paonia. Colorado. There has been a couple sighting of alligators that people has dumped into the ditches. One was Abigail alligator that the ditch rider found it was dead in the irrigation ditch. Sure looked like a baby alligator. We haven't seen it again today. The pond will be lower tomorrow evening after we water. Hope to see it again. I'll keep you posted. Brenda
AJ from North Carolina on December 03, 2013:
Beautiful photos! I enjoyed reading about the babies as well as looking at the photos. I'm on my way to flickr to see more. But I must say I hope that was a super zoom you used to take the photo of the 3 baby gators! I watch Gator Boys on Animal Planet sometimes. They catch nuisance gators live without harming them, to rescue them. They also do some conservation work to help different ecologists or other groups. Anyway, they went out at night to catch some baby alligators. They take them somewhere to be studied and then relocated to a place that needs more gators for the ecosytem. They said that is the most dangerous thing they do -- and the one guy jumps into the murky water to catch a gator too close to someone's house -- because the mother alligators are ferocious when it comes to their babies and you won't see her, she'll come out of nowhere and get anyone who gets near them. I never knew the babies rode on mom's back.
gottaloveit2 on November 20, 2013:
Fascinating information. I had no idea the momma watches over the babies. Your photos, as always, are gorgeous.
Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 18, 2013:
@flycatcherrr: I'm betting that people are silly enough to release unwanted pet alligators. It is hard to believe that one could survive the winters that far north though.
JimHofman on April 23, 2013:
Beautiful photos! We've seen them in the Everglades and in St. Augustine.
LisaDH on April 17, 2013:
How fun to see baby alligators with their mom. But please be careful looking for those golf balls!
kerryhrabstock on November 24, 2011:
Love the photos.
flycatcherrr on November 21, 2011:
Cute little guys, for sure! Now, I have to ask you a dumb question... Is it true or an urban legend, all those stories that used to go around about baby alligators that were turned loose in storm sewers when people got tired of keeping them as pets?
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on November 20, 2011:
I enjoyed learning more about baby alligators. I came upon a nest of alligators, and their mama, at a wildlife refuge in Texas. Let me tell you I got out of there in a hurry! Your photos are fabulous and the videos were very enlightening. Thank you!
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on November 19, 2011:
Awww.... a baby alligator! I once had a half-grown alligator in my backyard when I lived in SW Florida years ago, but have never seen a baby alligator. Your photos are outstanding!
I've added this page to the 'explore related pages' section of my new 'Alligators & Crocodiles' gift lens.
yano jl on November 18, 2011:
Being a Florida native, I have seen baby alligators from time to time. And, I think its great. These animals are an under-appreciated part of our sub-tropical ecosystem and I applaud folks like you who further understanding and education on this subject.
I think you'll find that unlike many other reptile species, Alligators are actually pretty good parents.
Yes Virginia, its time for a SquidLike! Go Gators!
irenemaria from Sweden on November 16, 2011:
Amazing animals. Surviving human treatment...
Patricia on November 16, 2011:
Be careful around those alligators! That one you got with the baby on the mama's back is very cool!
traveller27 on November 16, 2011:
Interesting topic. Enjoyed reading about baby alligators. Blessed by a travelling angel.
Jennifer P Tanabe from Red Hook, NY on November 16, 2011:
Oh my, those baby alligators look cute but mama certainly looks dangerous! Blessed.
Zut Moon on November 15, 2011:
I find them fascinating but I sure am glad I don't live in Florida ... I have held a baby one and seen on in Curcao (I think) which was HUGE ....
thooghun lm on November 15, 2011:
What a wonderful lens, and aren't they adorable -- man eating... erm. Yea :)