A juvenile alligator is born with a natural instinct to swim. They measure about 6 to 8 inches when newly hatched and live in small groups, called "pods." Although under the protective eye of their mothers who aggressively guard the nest, some 80 percent of juvenile alligators fall victim to predators such as birds, raccoons, bobcats, otters, snakes, large bass and larger alligators.
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- Okefenokee USA_National Geographic magazine_4/1992