Field Frame Friday: Alligator dances are better than middle school dances.

The American Alligator’s (Alligator mississippiensis) courtship involves nighttime “alligator dances” where the alligators will swim in pairs for hours before deciding whether or not to mate. Now that’s what I call a nice first date!

[Photo by Grace Davis in Barro Colorado Island, Panama; Caption by Maggie Creamer]


Vliet, K. A. (1989). Social displays of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). American Zoologist, 29(3), 1019-1031.

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