Alligators: The Facts

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  • Transparent third eyelid gives underwater protection.

  • 80 teeth; 40 top, 40 bottom

  • Teeth are conical; used for grabbing and holding, not for cutting.

  • Young alligators can replace teeth every year or so.

  • Mother 'gators will care for their young for up to two years.

  • Use feet to swim slow and to keep balance in water; use tail to swim fast

  • 4-chambered heart

  • Integumentary sense organs on jaws, nose, around eyes and on upper palate

  • Egg tooth; a toughened bit of epidermis on the tip of a hatchling’s nose, which allows it to break out of its egg; it is absorbed a few weeks after hatching