The Foods And Feeding Habits Of Alligators From Fresh And Saline Environments In Louisiana

Samples from fresh and saline waters in Louisiana showed little relation between foods eaten by young alligators and organisms available in these environments. Crustaceans were the principal foods in both freshwater and saline areas. Alligator stomachs from a freshwater area contained more than 6 times as much food as those from an adjacent saline area. The stomach capacity in the freshwater area was twice as great as in the saline area. The study suggests that young alligators which remain for extended periods in saline areas will have reduced growth rates as a result of reduced food intake.

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