The method and timing of egg collection is very important. Alligator embryos are very sensitive to handling (mechanical injury) from 7 to 28 days after they are laid. Many embryos will die if handled during this period.
Current recommendations are either to collect eggs within the first week or wait until the fourth week . . . → Read More: Incubation And Hatching Of Alligator Eggs
Alligators inhabit fresh to slightly brackish aquatic habitats. These habitats include marshes, swamps, creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds.
Males grow larger than females, although growth rate is similar up to approximately 3 1/2 feet in length. Sexual maturity of females in the wild is usually reached at a length of 6 1/2 feet and . . . → Read More: Ecology And Life History Of The Alligator
In the 1980’s alligator production became an important alternative agricultural business in the Deep South. Holding of alligators in captivity for breeding purposes was not a new idea. Historically, the first commercial alligator farm was started in Florida in the 1890s.
Production of alligators in a controlled indoor environment is new, however. Advances in . . . → Read More: Alligator Production