The reproductive cycle of the female American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis).

  title={The reproductive cycle of the female American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis).},
  author={Louis J. Guillette and Allan R. Woodward and D. Andrew Crain and Graldine Masson and Brent D. Palmer and Malcolm C Cox and Qui You-Xiang and Edward F. Orlando},
  journal={General and comparative endocrinology},
  volume={108 1},
We examined ovarian and oviducal gross morphology and collected blood samples from wild female alligators in central Florida during most of the year. Females with vitellogenic follicles were observed throughout the year, although ovaries containing follicles larger than 15 mm were seen only during the spring and early summer (March-June). We detected a poor relationship between female body size and the number of vitellogenic follicles whereas body size was significantly correlated with clutch… CONTINUE READING