Looking much like sticks and vegetation, about a dozen baby alligators warm themselves in the morning sun along the Hillsborough River on Tuesday. The gators were in a cluster near the 56th Street Bridge near Temple Terrace. Turtles and gators were all enjoying the warmer weather by sunning themselves on logs and the banks of the river.
Alligators lay between 20-50 eggs. Sex is fully determined at the time of hatching and irreversible thereafter, and depends on the temperature of egg incubation. Temperatures of 86 produce females, and 93 degrees yields only males. A male gator can reach 18 feet in length, although that is rare.