Life Cycle of an Alligator, Science Game for Kids

How many young alligators can be born at once? They live in different places. This science game for children teaches you about the life cycle and habits of alligators. Alligators are reptiles that have a fascinating life cycle. Crocodilians are also a part of their family.

In the early summer, alligators lay eggs.

Helpful facts about alligators

The alligators choose a place rich in vegetation, leaves, and water and then use their tails to gather the materials needed to build a nest. The nest is typically located between three to five meters from water's edge. The eggs are heavily calcified and undergo crystal dissolution. The eggshell is weakened by acidic metabolic byproducts from the nest bacteria, which facilitates hatching.

Typically, alligators lay their eggs in June and July. During incubation, mother alligators cover eggs with their skins. To let the eggs know when they are ready for hatching, the female alligator communicates directly with them. Alligators hatch as fully-carnivores, and eat small aquatic animals. For the first year, the young are with their mother. The young spawned from other nests are called a pod. They will remain with their mother for at most one year.

A juvenile alligator is an animal that is less than six years old and approximately 1.8 meters in length. Males grow faster than females. Males and females both reach sexual maturity around seven to eight feet. However, females tend to be larger than the males. Louisiana alligators grow at an average of 30 cm per annum during their first six years. Captive alligators can grow up to 150 cm per year, which is faster than their wild counterparts.

Both male and female alligators look for partners in the spring. Once they have found the right partner, alligators exchange pheromones in order to attract a mate. The female will lay eggs once she has found her mate. The United States has a single breeding season, which runs from April through June. The mother can protect the baby for up to one year during this period.

A crocodile lives for about 70 years while an alligator can live for about 30 to 50 years. They begin their lives as eggs on a swampy shore, and reach sexual maturity at six feet. The females reach sexual maturity at six feet and then begin to reproduce. After one year of development, the female will conceive between 10 and 70 eggs and the cycle will start all over again.

An alligator hatchling will be smaller and lighter than an adult during its first year of development. The American alligator hatchlings are also spotted. The first year of alligator hatchlings is filled with predators. As such, most will not survive to adulthood. The male alligator can become sexually mature around the age of 10 years, but the female is not capable until she reaches six foot.