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Do alligators eat in water?

Do alligators eat in water?

Alligators eat depending on their size and age. Sometimes the alligators even catch birds. Adult alligators prey on just about any aquatic animal or animal that comes near the water.

Do alligators feed under water?

Crocodilians have the ability to swallow prey under water: The palatal valve, in the back of a crocodilian’s mouth, is a unique adaptation that seals the throat off from both air and water.

Do alligators hunt in the water?

American alligators hunt predominantly at night. If large prey is captured, they drag it underwater, where it is drowned and devoured. Additionally, American alligators have an adaptation in throat called a glottis. This allows them to capture prey completely submerged in water.

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What time of day do alligators feed?

Alligators primarily eat their prey at dusk or during the nighttime. An alligator’s diet consists mostly on what is available to them as they aren’t known to travel far for a meal. They will feed on fish, frogs, small mammals, and even smaller alligators.

Do alligators sleep in the water?

On cold days, they hide in underground/underwater dens, but as soon as the sun shines and it’s not terribly cold, they’ll be out. How long can an alligator stay underwater? Easily 20 to 30 minutes and they can stay under from 1 hour to 24 hours if necessary and conditions are right.

What do alligators eat in the water?

Alligators will eat almost anything they can capture — fish, turtles, frogs, birds, small mammals, and sometimes even larger mammals like deer. Alligators capture all of these creatures by lurking in the water.

How do you tell if an alligator is in the water?

Telltale Signs Check around the sides of the pond for large indentations in the mud or bank. Also, look for a slide area, stretching from the bank into the pond water. These two easily discernible signs indicate an alligator’s presence.

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