Today’s Video of the Day comes from a new study from the University of Vienna and features a look at alligator bellows.
According to the study, American alligators make low-pitched roars, known as bellows, all throughout the year, but especially during mating season. Kent Vliet of the University of Florida, co-author of the study, added that male alligators do a “water dance” prior to the bellows as a means of showing off their body size.
During mating season, females only accept males larger than themselves as mates. Alligator bellows are a means of displaying body size and build without having to resort to fighting.
Source: University of Vienna