Selected Aspects of the Nesting Ecology of American Alligators in the Okefenokee Swamp

@inproceedings{Hunt1991SelectedAO,
  title={Selected Aspects of the Nesting Ecology of American Alligators in the Okefenokee Swamp},
  author={Richard H. Hunt and Jacqueline Jean Ogden and Zoo Atlanta},
  year={1991}
}
In five study areas in the Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, 129 nests of alligators were located during 13 nesting seasons. The total predation rate on these nests was 69%; the predation rate of 93% in one study area is the highest ever reported for an alligator population. Predation on nests was significantly higher during nesting periods with low water levels. The nest defense strategies of alligators were inves- tigated using log-linear analysis; nests guarded from humans had a significantly lower… CONTINUE READING

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