The last article in the ‘Tired Mom’ series. To see all the articles click the ‘Tired Mom’ category right above the page title.
As I wrote earlier we stopped counting at 30 young ones scattered round the mother. Some were in the water, others the tall grass, and at least 20 sitting on a mud flat.
From the various sizes they look to be from different egg clutches. A female can have between 30 – 50 eggs at a time. It’s not uncommon to have 90.
The photographs here represent all the juveniles that were in an easy to photograph spot, I tried to avoid shooting the same young ones twice. It was unavoidable in a few shots.
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The image above shows the smaller members of the ‘Alligator Clan’. The larger young in article 2 (click here to view) were on the other side of the water, in those reeds. If you view this image full size you can spot them in the taller grass in the background.
Based on their size I would guess about 1 year old.
Above is Mom resting on the far side of this small stream.
The last image here is of a few smaller ones that were closest to me. If you have read the other 2 previous articles you can see why the exact count of her young was never determined. Too many, too active.
I’ve seen Alligators with their young, but not like this.
All I can say is…poor Mom. There were kids everywhere.
She must be very protective. We were just watched, very closely, but no problems. However she has kept a large number safe.
Above is a one year old hanging around near Mom.
This will be a multi article series. There were too many different places and types of her young to be in one post.
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