7 Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About Alligators
It’s time to test your knowledge on all things alligators! Our favorite friends are full of random fun facts. Grab your family and friends, and see who knows the most about our scaly friends. Winner gets to buy everyone a ticket to Alligator Alley.
Alligators are chatterboxes.
Alligators don’t have vocal cords, but they are chatty animals. They are prone to make all the noises including but not limited to: hisses, roars and growls.
The alligator body is crazy incredible.
Alligators have a certain molecular build in the blood that helps them fight off infection. Add that with the combination of the tough armor of their skin – and it makes them an even stronger apex predator.
Alligators love fruit.
Our favorite carnivores also love eating fruit! From elderberries, to wild grapes, to any kind of citrus fruit right off of the trees, they love munching on foods they find in their natural habitat.
Alligators can dissolve bones.
Obviously, alligators are known to chow down on entire animals, but how in the world do they break down those bones? They have a pH level of less than 2, which is in the same range of a substance like vinegar or lemon juice. Bone and other big and hard parts can take 13 to 100 days to break down completely.
Alligators are known to be climbers.
That’s right. Even with the short legs, American alligators are also climbers. They’re known to climb up to better sunbathing spots.
Alligators technically lived over 70 million years ago.
Alligators are some of the most obvious relatives to dinosaurs. Their closest relative was called the Deinosuchus, which was a 40-foot alligatoroid that lived in coastal areas, most likely even in our backyard!
Alligators have a lot of teeth in their lifetime.
On a normal day, between 74 and 80 teeth live in an alligator’s jaw. Over a lifetime, they are expected to go through over 2,000 teeth.
So, who won with the most alligator knowledge?! Either way, there’s always more fun facts to learn when you visit in person! Check out our hours and plan your visit to the swamp today! We’ve got over 400 alligators for you to see.