Monday, August 8, 2011

Cool Animal Sounds: Alligator

Alligators are actually quite vocal creatures that can make a wide variety of noises, including chirps, growls, bellows and hisses. Below is a video of hatching baby alligators in which they're making a sort of chirping sound to call to their mother. They do this so that big momma can come and help them out, uncovering the nest and possibly even carrying the babies to the water. Mother gator will protect them for quite some time, up to a year. If you don't want to watch the whole video, skip to 1:30.

The sound may be cute, but just remember: never pick up or mess with a wild animal! Even though baby alligators really can't hurt you very much, momma can, and if you hear that chirping noise it's likely she won't be far behind.

For contrast, here's a big male alligator bellowing for a mate. Watch how he makes the water dance!


  1. I've seen alligators in both the northern part of the range (North Carolina) and in southern Florida and Louisiana.

    They occasionally wander up in the southeastern Virginia north of the Dismal Swamp during the summer.

    But even more cool than American alligators are the Chinese alligators, which are even more cold tolerant than the American species. They dig deep dens on the river banks to protect them from the cold.

  2. I don't even know how many times I've seen alligators anymore.

    I do love the Chinese alligator. Silly Americans often don't realize we are not the only country with alligators.