It’s a brand new world! After months of Momma guarding the nest, the day of hatching has finally arrived! Hatching takes place in late August or in September, and the high pitched squeaking and grunting sounds the babies make before hatching helps get their mother’s attention and signals their nest mates to all hatch together. Baby alligators are not able to dig themselves out of the nest. Hearing her babies’ calls, the mother alligator gently digs open the nest, and lifting any unopened eggs into her mouth, she uses her tongue to gently roll it around against the roof of her mouth. This cracks the egg and helps the baby to escape the shell. Scooping up the new babies, the mother alligator will often gently carry some of the newborns down to the water. Well camouflaged in their black and yellow stripes, new alligator hatchlings weigh only 2 ounces, and are 6-8 inches long. And they come fully equipped with a loud distress call, excellent hearing and vision, and a full set of needle-like teeth!