It’s the little ‘chirping’ sounds that give them away every time.
Usually you can’t spot the very young ones without their noise, and movement. This group was very young, probably no more than a few weeks old.
I counted five, but there could have been twice as many in the weeds. They were only about 6 – 7 inches long.
Alligator is the only reptile that will stay with young after they hatch. I’m sure the female was near though I never did see her.
For now they are the prey not predator. They need protection for at least a year, but stay near ‘mom’ for around three years.