Re: Frozen Alligators in North Carolina
Posted by Barry - Senatobia Mississippi on January 13, 2018, 10:04 am, in reply to "Frozen Alligators in North Carolina"
In Mississippi they are cold tolerant but their bodies shut down in winter. Alligators stop feeding when water temperatures drop below 70 degrees because they can no longer digest food when their core body temperature reaches that level.They lay their eggs in July and the mother alligator builds nests near the water with sticks, brush and whatever she can find. She will lay her eggs in there and cover it up. It can get warm in there like a compost pile and thats how the eggs are hatched.
Strangely the hottest temps in the egg pile produce male alligators and cooler temps will produce female and temps that are in the upper 80s will produce both sexs. Full grown females rarely grow larger than 6 feet. The big ones you hear about are males. You can legally hunt them here. Last year 6,000 Mississippians made the application process for 920 permits offered on public waterways, statewide. The Alligator Hunting Season on public waters will take place Aug. 25-Sept. 4. 2018
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