Are Alligators Carnivores, Herbivores, or Omnivores?

Alligators are carnivores that are generally known to be solitary and territorial creatures that love hunting prey and feasting upon meat.  Baby alligators can even typically be found feasting upon small fish, insects, snails, worms, and crustaceans such as crabs and/or lobsters.  However, as alligators grow they will begin to prey upon larger animals.

Some of an alligator’s favorite foods include gar (a species of fish), larger fish, turtles, wading birds, antelope, and other reptiles.  Sometimes alligators have even been known to be cannibalistic and eat other smaller alligators located near the shore line.  If an alligator gets very hungry they may also eat the carcass of a dead animal if they come across it.

Contrary to what many believe, alligators rarely attack or eat humans.  However they have been known to do so if they feel threatened by them.  Crocodiles on the other hand, regard human as prey as soon as they encounter them.  Alligators on average have about 75 teeth and are carnivorous creatures that kill their prey by dragging them into the water and drowning them.

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