Alligator bellows during mating season

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.

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By Rory Arnold, Earth.com

Source: University of Vienna