How long does an alligator hold its breath?
Usually they can hold their breath from 4 - 15 minutes but can remain underwater for two hours if needed and if they aren't stressed. The record time spent underwater is eight hours in freezing conditions; this is because a cold crocodile uses less energy and oxygen so it can hold its breath longer than a warm one.
In most voluntary dives, crocodiles stay underwater for between 10 to 15 minutes. If the crocodile is trying to hide from a threat, dive length may be longer, up to 30 minutes or more. Most crocodiles can actually remain underwater up to 2 hours if pressed, but is this normal?
- They still breathe air, but they typically hold their breath anywhere between 4 and 7 hours! The frog though, well, almost all frogs and toads are capable of breathing under water. They do this by absorbing oxygen through their skin.
- Crocodiles are very efficient at storing energy in their bodies and are capable of eating large meals. This, and their ability reduce remain motionless for long periods means they can go without food for as long as three years. Crocs are making a comeback in southern Florida.
- They are also excellent swimmers, and can stay submerged for up to 30 minutes before surfacing for air. Burmese pythons are carnivores, surviving primarily on small mammals and birds.
Crocodiles can stay out of water as long as they like. However, they generally only stay underwater for up to 15 minutes. If they feel threatened they can stay submerged for around 2 hours.
- Cubs will start chewing on meat at about 6 - 8 weeks old, when their teeth are starting to develop. How long can they go without eating or drinking? They can go without food for a maximum of 14 days and without water for 4 days but will eat wild cucumbers and wild melons to extract the moisture content.
- When alligators are at their swiftest on land, they can go as rapidly as 11 mph. This still can't measure up to their water swimming speed, however. When alligators are in the water, they sometimes can go as speedily as a maximum of 20 mph or so.
- Choose foods such as small fish, insects, crawfish, small mice and frogs. Alligators eat whole food in the wild, so do not feed your hatchling a steady diet of meat pieces. They need the calcium and other nutrients found in whole food. Use unfrozen, raw and preferably live food to feed your hatchling or young gator.
Crocodilians cannot open their mouth underwater - some people believe they are safe as long as the crocodile or alligator remains underwater, but this is absolutely not true. This means that any crocodilian species can open its mouth and bite even when submerged, and the majority of crocodilian attacks occur this way.
- Despite the fact they lack the physical adaptations of a climber, crocodiles can climb trees and do it regularly, a new study in Herpetology Notes finds. After studying five crocodilian species on Africa, Australia and North America, the team found that the reptiles can climb as high as six feet off the ground.
- The short answer is yes. “Most crocodiles can achieve 12–14kph for short periods,” says crocodile specialist Adam Britton, “which is slower than a fit human can run. So if you're in reasonable shape, you could definitely outrun a croc.”
- The actually brummate. That is, they react to a cold environment by slowing their metabolic activity, but certainly not to the deep torpor of true hibernation. Alligators are reptiles and are not warm-blooded. They have the ability to live in water as cool as 40ºF, although weaker animals may die at that temperature.
Updated: 16th October 2018