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Seasons of Wildlife

  • Spring and Summer

    American Alligator

    The American alligator begins nesting activities in May and June.  By July, almost all nests are completed and eggs are laid.  The nests are constructed of natural marsh vegetation – grasses and sedges gathered by the female.  In late August and early September the hatchlings break out of the eggs and the nest – sometimes assisted by the female.  They are approximately 9 inches long at hatching.  Male alligators can commonly reach 12 feet in length.  The average length of alligators in Louisiana is about 7 feet.

  • Fall and Winter


    Wood ducks, so named because they nest in tree cavities, are found in wooded swamps and woodlands near ponds, streams, and rivers. Courtship and pairs begin to form in autumn and into spring. Nesting begins between mid-January, in the deep South, and early April in the northern part of its range. The wood duck requires old growth timber that provides a diversity of tree cavities.

Page Photo Credits — American Alligator - USFWS, Wood Duck - ©Bill Lang
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2014
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