WHAT DO ALLIGATORS EAT?




What alligators eat will depend on its age and how big it is, and to be fair if an alligator can catch it and get it into its mouth then any prey if fair game!

When young, alligators will eat small fish, insects, snails, crustaceans, and worms. As they mature into a larger beasts, they will eat progressively larger prey. This will include larger fish such as gar, turtles, various mammals such as water birds and deer, and other reptiles. They will even consume carrion if they are sufficiently hungry. Adult alligators can take razorbacks and deer and are well known for killing and eating smaller alligators!

In areas where human populations encroach on alligator territories larger alligators are also known to ambush dogs. Attacks on humans are rare but not unknown. Unlike large crocodiles, alligators do not immediately regard a humans as prey, but they may still attack in self-defence if provoked.

Due to the design of their teeth alligators are unable to chew their food so their stomachs also often contain gizzard stones which are used to help break down and digest their food.

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