NAPLES, Fla. (WFLA) – A video posted to Facebook by the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens has folks wondering if the zoo is in Florida or Jurassic Park!
The zoo posted a video of alligators bellowing on April 24.
“Alligators bellow year round, but they do it more often during this time of year because it’s mating season. Alligators also may bellow to communicate size to each other,” the zoo said in the Facebook post.
The zoo told News Channel 8 that the gators in the video are named Bubba, Freckles and Mama.
Bubba and Freckles are males, so they bellow more deeply than Mama.
The male gators make a sub-audible sound before they bellow, causing the water to bounce on their backs. This is called the “water dance.”
The Naples Zoo said bellowing will typically only happen a few minutes a time, on and off for hours during the mating season.
The behavior is helpful for females to find suitable males, usually males that are larger than they are.
The zoo said all their alligators are similar in size and larger than the females.