Biology Honors
Respond to Stimuli- a crocodile has sensory organs in their skin that are fairly sensitive to heat, touch, and cold. These sensors known to be called, ISO sensors. They are able to detect many different types of chemical & physical stimuli. www.natureworldnews.com Crocodiles, alligators and their kin have sensory organs in their skin that are sensitive to heat, cold, touch and the chemicals in their environment, researchers report. These sensors, micro-organs known as integumentary sensory organs (ISOs), are reportedly unique to the crocodilian order.
Cells-an alligators tooth cells regenerate. They grow back if they were to fall off. They aren't like us humans which are baby teeth when little and adult teeth. An alligators teeth can be replaced over 50 times over its lifetime. www.stemcellsfreak.com A new study on alligators may help scientists stimulate tooth regeneration in human patients
Growth & Develop- an alligator first starts developing to becoming a dangerous beast just at their mother's nest. When hatched they emerge to be born in the length of 10" to 12". The temperature of the alligator depends on which sex it would later develop to be. Once the alligator reaches about 6 foot in length, it becomes sexually mature. The average length of a crocodile is 10ft-12ft. roamingreptilesoflouisiana.com
DNA- the chromosome number for an alligator is 32. many different organism have different numbers, but Alligator mississippiensis has 32. www.walterreeves.com chromosome, chromosome number, 2n=
Reproduce- The male and female both reach to be sexualy mature when reach the length of 6ft. Breeding occurs at night in shallow waters. After mating the female finds a nest. Mating in May and Later giving birth in August, an alligator goes through a unique path to have offspring. nationalzoo.si.edu The American alligator is a large crocodilian with an armored body, short legs, a muscular tail and a long, rounded snout. This reptile nearly went extinct but is now considered a conservation success story.
LIfespan- An alligator can live to be up to 50 years old. When it reaches 4 feet its only predators could be humans and other alligators themselves. nationalzoo.si.edu The American alligator is a large crocodilian with an armored body, short legs, a muscular tail and a long, rounded snout. This reptile nearly went extinct but is now considered a conservation success story.
Adaptation- A strong and long tail to rudder in water is a great example OF adaptation. An alligator's webbed feet to create speed while swimming, thats why they are so fast! An alligator can also hold its breath for up to an hour to hide from a prey it waiting to feed on. bioweb.uwlax.edu Adaptations
Energy- Alligators receive they're energy by what they consume. Alligators in a regular day might eat a turtle or bird. An alligator can go to eat many different varieties of mammals and reptiles. www.defenders.org The American alligator has a large, dark, slightly rounded body and thick limbs. The alligator uses its powerful tail to propel itself through water. While alligators move very quickly in water, they are generally slow-moving on land. They can, however, move quickly for short distances. Alligators are a keystone species benefiting the marshes, swamps, rivers and lakes where they live and many other species found within their natural community. Crocodiles are gray-green or olive-green. There are a few visible differences between alligators and crocodiles. Crocodiles have slender snouts, while alligators’ are broader. When their mouths are closed, the large, fourth tooth in the lower jaw of an alligator fits into a socket in the upper jaw and is not visible, while the fourth tooth on the bottom jaw of the crocodile is visible. The American alligator is a stunning example of a species that has fully recovered in large part due to protections provided by the Endangered Species Act. By conserving habitat and strictly controlling hunting and trade, we have been able to increase the population to the point where sustainable harvest programs provide economic incentives to conserve alligators and their aquatic habitats.
Organization- A crocodile has many parts of its body to perform different functions. They have sharp claws to dig in nest. Hard, green, horny plates covering they're back to cover them. www.exploringnature.org Exploring Nature Science Education Resource - Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science Resources for Students and Teachers K-12
Homeostasis- An alligator keeps homeostasis from excieding its regular temperature, alligators also pressure. Lastly alligators try to maintain their osmolality. legacy.lakeforest.edu