Alligator Mating Season

Behavior Changes in Alligators

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We do not recommend keeping an alligator as a pet, as they are extremely dangerous and capable of causing serious injury to humans and other pets. Always check your local laws, as many states do not allow alligators to be kept as pets.

When Is Alligator Mating Season?

The alligator mating season runs from April through July.

What Happens When Alligators Start Mating?

Although alligators don't have any huge behavioral changes, some changes do occur during their mating season that pet owners should be aware of.

Males are more likely to become territorial during mating season. If multiple gators are kept together more confrontations will occur and you will hear their unmistakable bellow.

The Bellow

If you have ever seen or heard an alligator bellow, you'd know that it is an interesting thing. The alligator arches its back, raises its head and tail, and then you hear this long, roaring bellow. The sound produces underwater vibrations which create a unique appearance to the water. You can even feel the vibrations if standing on a boardwalk over the alligator that is bellowing.

What to Do if Your Alligator Wants to Mate

Be mindful of the fact that your alligator, especially if it is a male, is a bit hormonal for these few months. If you have a full grown alligator, or one that can cause you some serious harm, keep your distance, especially if you have multiple alligators housed together.