Post by Ira Runyan on May 28, 2019 18:59:59 GMT -5
A Alligator at the Viera Wetlands at sunrise after a night of hunting for food.
Alligators primarily eat their prey at dusk or during the nighttime (So, don’t swim in a lake or canal at night). Alligators will eat almost anything they can capture -- fish, turtles, frogs, birds, small mammals, and sometimes even larger mammals like deer or wild pigs.
Besides its eyes and ears, alligators are equipped with skin sensors that are incredibly sensitive to vibration. These sensors make it possible for an alligator to detect anything entering the water or disturbing the surface of the water anywhere nearby.
Alligators, being cold-blooded, do not have to eat very often. Once a week is a typical feeding schedule for alligators living in the wild. Excess calories are stored in fat deposits at the base of the alligator's tail. By burning these fat reserves, it is possible for an alligator to last more than a year between feedings.