Monday, July 9, 2012

A Summer of Alligator Hatchlings, the first out

These were the first of the season, nested deep in the Econlockhatchee Forest. Interesting fact: nest temperature determines gender. On a normal year hatchlings come 5:1 female, but this  year is different. Because this nest was buried pretty far in to the woods instead out out in the swamp, and because it was early enough in the year, this might be one of the only female clutches for this part of Florida. The open swamps like Wetlands Park didn't hatch until much later.

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