Alligator physiology and life history: the importance of temperature.

  title={Alligator physiology and life history: the importance of temperature.},
  author={Valentine A. Lance},
  journal={Experimental gerontology},
  volume={38 7},
Alligators are the most northerly distributed of the extant Crocodilia. Reproducing populations are found as far north as 35 degrees latitude in the freshwater marshes and rivers of coastal North Carolina, and as far south as 25 degrees latitude in the Florida Keys. Thus different populations are exposed to very different annual thermal cycles. Alligators stop eating when ambient temperature drops below 16 degrees C. This anorexia lasts at least 6 months at 35 degrees latitude. In southwest… CONTINUE READING

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