Baby Alligators

June 19, 2023
Basin Landing Airboat and Swamp Tour | Baby Alligators

Alligators are fascinating creatures that inhabit the swamps and marshes of Louisiana, including the Atchafalaya Basin. They are known for their powerful jaws and fierce demeanor, but did you know that baby alligators are just as interesting? Baby alligators may be small, but they are fascinating creatures with many unique traits.

Did you know that baby alligators can communicate with each other before they even hatch from their eggs? It's true! Inside the egg, baby alligators will vocalize to each other by making sounds and tapping on the inside of their shells. This communication helps them to coordinate their hatching and emerge from their eggs at the same time.

When alligator eggs hatch, the baby alligators that emerge are called hatchlings. These hatchlings weigh only about 6 to 8 inches long and only a few ounces. They are covered in soft, downy fur that helps to keep them warm and protected.

Even though baby alligators are small, they are born with the tools they need to survive in their environment. When they emerge from their eggs, baby alligators are ready to hunt. Hatchlings have strong jaws and sharp teeth that allow them to hunt and eat small fish, insects, and other prey. They also have a keen sense of smell and can detect the presence of food in the water.

Baby alligators may be born ready to hunt, but they still depend on their mothers for protection. Female alligators will guard their nests and hatchlings, keeping them safe from predators such as raccoons and birds. The mother alligator will even carry her hatchlings in her mouth to transport them to a safer location if necessary.

Despite their small size at birth, baby alligators grow quickly. A baby alligator can grow to be about 4 feet long in just one year! They continue to grow rapidly throughout their first few years of life, eventually reaching sizes of up to 14 feet long and weighing over 1,000 pounds.

Come see these baby alligators yourself, and learn even more fun facts with our experienced captains at Atchafalaya Basin Landing Airboat Swamp Tours. Contact us today at or (337) 228-7880 to schedule your tour.

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