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1. The name alligator is derived from the Spanish 'el lagarto' meaning "lizard"
2. American alligators have between 74 and 80 teeth in their mouth at any given time, and each gator can go through 2,000 to 3,000 teeth during its lifetime.
3. Alligators are born with an ‘egg tooth’ which is a hard piece of epidermis located on the tip of its nose. The egg tooth is used to break the egg upon hatching and is absorbed in a few weeks after birth.
4. Alligators have a third eyelid that protects its eyes underwater. It is transparent and lets the crocodile see clearly underwater, making his water tight, much like goggles.
5. A snake’s fang cannot penetrate through an alligator’s hard skin. Due to this, there was a belief that wearing an alligator tooth on you would make you immune to snake poison
6. Alligators also have the ability to slow their heart rate down to about a beat or two per minute, and restrict blood flow to vital organs.
7. Alligators can survive two to three years without eating.
8. An alligator’s bite is so powerful it can bite through a car.
9. American alligators have nostrils that face upward, which allows them to breathe when the rest of them is submerged underwater.
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10. Alligators live in primarily fresh water although they can survive in salt water but only for a limited time because they lack the salt extracting gland that crocodiles have.
11. While young, the alligator has yellow stripes on its tail, while adults have darker stripes.
12. Alligator’s use their feet to swim and use their tail to accelerate their swimming speed.
13. They can run at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. However that speed can only be maintained for a very short distance.
14. Alligators have a specialized valve in their throat called a glottis that enables the gator to capture its prey underwater, but must keep its head out of water to swallow so they don’t drown.
15. Alligators aren’t monogamous and may frequent 10 or more females in their territory.
16. 80 percent of young alligators fall prey to bobcats, wading birds, raccoons, snakes, otters, large bass and larger alligators. When they exceed four feet in length, their only predators are other alligators.
17. It is estimated that an alligator in its natural habitat lives for 35-50 years, while an alligator living in captivity will live for 60-80 years, significantly longer than alligators in the wild.
18. Alligator meat really does taste like chicken!
19. Most wild alligators do not get above 13 feet in length, and may weigh 600 pounds or more. The longest recorded length for an alligator is 19' 2'
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20. Alligators use their tails to construct what are known as "gator holes" to retain water during periods of drought.
21. Crocodiles hinge their jaws on the bottom (meaning to open their mouths, only the bottom jaw moves), the top jaw is simply an extension of the skull. Alligators have a crushing power of 3,000 psi in their jaws .
* To put the record measurement into perspective, hyenas, which are bone-crushing mammals, have a bite force of 1,000 pounds, more than the 691 recorded for lions. Dusky sharks manage 330 pounds of force, and a common dog, the Labrador, bites with 125 pounds of force, while he pibull has a 235 psi. Humans surprisingly beat out the pet dog, and measured in at 170 pounds of force.
There have been records of pitbulls reaching a psi of over 9,000.
22. The osteoderms on alligator are heavily vascularized, and can function as both armor and as heat-exchangers, allowing these large reptiles to rapidly raise or lower their temperature.
23. Alligators swallow their food whole. The teeth of an alligator are conical shaped and are made for grabbing and holding, not for cutting. When dealing with larger prey, an alligator may shake its head or spin its body in order to tear off a piece small enough to swallow. They have also been known to hold food in their mouth until it deteriorates to the point they can swallow it.
24. Alligators tend to lay about 40-45 eggs on the average, however, the rate of fertility varies with the age of the female. Using her back feet, the female will scratch together a mound of sticks, mud and
vegetation. Into this mound she will deposit her eggs, and it is the breakdown of the nesting material that helps keep the eggs warm.
25. Alligator eggs become male or female depending on the temperature, male in warmer temperatures and female in cooler temperatures.
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26. Alligators have a powerful bite but the muscles that open the jaw are relatively weak. An adult human could hold the jaws of an alligator shut with their bare hands.
27. An alligator's brain weighs only 8 or 9 grams and would take up only one-half of a tablespoon.
28. Alligators are equipped with skin sensors that are incredibly sensitive to vibration. These sensors make it possible for an alligator to detect anything entering the water or disturbing the surface of the water anywhere nearby.
29. Alligators can even survive freezing conditions. They have been known to rise to the surface if the water is about to freeze, with their nostrils above the surface. This allows them to breathe through the ice as it forms. In extreme cases, they get frozen into the surface of the pond for several days and then swim free when the ice melts.
30. Alligators are lurkers, not hunters. They stalk the waters (which animals come to drink from) and once they come close enough to drink, they jump out of the water and lock on their prey. They may also wait in the water for fish or other animals to pass by and eat them. Hey preserve a lot of energy this way.
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