Alligator Nursery


These were some of the smallest American Alligators I’d seen these past couple months.

There were 12 of them, close together, and no Mama in sight.  It was like a nursery of baby alligators!

For some reason, alligators don’t seem to mind piling on top of each other haphazardly.


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Baby Alligators – three sharing a rock


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Baby Alligators – four sharing a rock


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Baby Alligators – three total


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Baby Alligator lucky to have his own rock


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Baby Alligator lucky to have his own rock too!


Looks like there was a lot of hugging going on!  😉



51 thoughts on “Alligator Nursery

    • Thank you, Reed! I was looking down into a canal and couldn’t believe it! Even though I was up high on a bank, I looked around real good around to make sure Mama wasn’t around; I imagine she was under the branches behind them. I felt some eyes…… 😉

  1. Oh my, these little alligators are adorable! And this was just out in the wild, not in a refuge somewhere?? I think the only place I saw a baby alligator was at Big Cypress National Preserve on our Florida trip. But that was just one. Thank you for sharing.

    • Aren’t they?!! I found them down in the canal along a dirt road in Big Cypress Preserve called Loop Road. I’ve seen many baby alligators in Big Cypress, Fakahatchee Strand State Park, and the Everglades. Hubby hasn’t enjoyed how dirty my car kept getting going down all the dirt roads that are available outside the ‘advertised visitor areas’. 😉 Oh, but the wildlife I saw was so worth it! 😊

  2. Such cute little crocks or should I say allis, Donna. Praying for your daughter and son-in-law and of course grandson. Understand well as my wife and I are health professionals, and she is in the firing line also. Blessings dear friend, praying you both are able to find shelter from this storm.

    • Thank you, Ashley, they are cute….when little!
      And thank you much for your prayers, the world’s health/medical professionals are combatting on the front lines, they are to be commended for their heroism. They’re scared, they’re exhausted, they’re faith is shaken. They all need our prayers. 🙏

  3. They look like about a foot long from head. I remember kids would buy them for pets, but think that practice was stopped. I think they do look cute, and wonder if those markings stay like that into adulthood.

    • That’s about how long they were. I do remember kids being able to buy them when I was a kid, glad they did stop that. On the markings, I never saw any adult gators with the pretty rusty/orange coloring. They’re mostly dark gray, and prehistoric looking. Such a change!

    • They’re kids, they don’t listen. hee hee Cute, yes! But definitely being close (but safe) to quite a few 12’+ gators in the wild the last couple mouths, I can attest the feeling of danger that creeps over you when you see them.

  4. Aw, they’re so cute! Are they cold-blooded reptiles? If so they’re probably taking turns being on top of each other to stay warm.

    When I visited my Mom who lives in FL and has alligators in her community I hoped to see one and photograph it. Alas, I only heard the one that lives in the swamp/pond behind her house purring…that’s what Mom said it was doing!
    It was grunting and moaning to my ears! We walked down to the pond every day I was there and never not once saw an alligator, but she says it is there. She’s seen it and it’s huge and she’s wary while walking near the pond so I believe her.
    I did see a juvenile alligator for sale alongside the highway while there, but that’s not what I had in mind for seeing one so I did not take a photo of that.
    How cool that you got to see them in the wild!

    • They are cute when little! Yes, they are cold-blooded reptiles, the temps were in the low to mid-80’s that week, pretty warm. In Florida, the adult gators esp. hang out of the water on the banks or float on top to sun themselves, take a nap. Mornings and evenings they’re on the prowl, swimming underwater or just eyes & snout sticking out of the water to sneak up on something. American Alligators can hold their breath under water from 1 to 24 hours. 😲 I road down a lot of dirt roads along canals and saw so many gators each time in the afternoons. It is not unusual to be on a dirt road, hiking or biking trail, and a gator be in your way. I had one that ventured to the side of the road and let my car pass on by…..I took photos of him out my window as I went by, lol. It’s like the Bison, you’re gonna have to wait for them to move! 😅
      BTW, so you/your mom knows, alligators can run at a speed around 11 mph, but can’t maintain that for very long. In the water, they can swim at 20 mph. Very dangerous! I was told at one of the parks that if you need to outrun an alligator, run in a zigzag, they quickly loose momentum with the confusion of where you’re going. Whew, I never had to zigzag!!! 😉

    • Thank you, William! I didn’t hear these little ones, but I did at an alligator ‘hole’ that was deep into a strand. A boardwalk led you to it, a huge bowl of water, full of lily pads…..and little gators climbing around in them. I heard the chirping for the first time, it was amazing!

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