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October 05, 2020

Alligator Evaluation

Recently, the veterinary staff evaluated our two Chinese alligators. The animal care staff at the Herpetarium had noted an increase in the female’s body size, which could indicate she was developing eggs. While we were there, we performed a wellness exam on the male alligator, as well. Both alligators were weighed and received physical examinations, whole body radiographs, and blood was collected for a CBC and biochemical profile.

An abdominal ultrasound was performed on the female and it was noted that while she did not have eggs yet, she has many follicles present on her ovaries that may ovulate and develop into eggs later this year. On the female’s radiographs, an opaque circular object was seen in the stomach. The object, most likely a coin, will be removed gastroscopically at a later date under general anesthesia.

Please be careful around our open habitats. Animals can ingest anything that might accidentally fall in. If that happens, please find a Zoo employee and let them know, or call the Be Kind Line phone number listed on a nearby sign. Thank you for helping to protect our animals!