The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Survival Nation
When it is time to eat, alligators are neither hunters, nor gatherers. They are ambush predators. They wait for something edible to swim, or walk nearby and then they lunge at it with incredible speed. Using their tails, alligators can push themselves up to 5 feet out of the water to snag small animals in low-hanging tree branches.
Alligators will eat almost anything they can capture — fish, turtles, frogs, birds, small mammals, and sometimes even larger mammals like deer. Alligators capture all of these creatures by lurking in the water, waiting for the perfect moment to strike.
Adolescent alligators will hunt turtles, larger fish, and small mammals like muskrats, raccoons and others animals that can be found at water’s edge. They will catch fledgling birds as well. Adult alligators will prey on any aquatic resident and any animal that comes to the water, or the water’s edge.
In the video below, we see an alligator has caught a turtle and from thepost was originally published on this site