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Posted by karaapo on February 16, 2003 at 01:09:30:
In Reply to: One More alligator hatchling question posted by MikeST on February 14, 2003 at 08:51:12:
You know Mike, I had not seen this behavior either with alligator snappers (commons, yes)(floridas, not as much). I noticed this recently in some new hatchling ali snappers that I got. I feed them trout chow at night and clean them in the morning, by when the water looks and smells fowl from the uneaten dissolved trout chow. I noticed that every moring the turtles would be out of the water on top of the lily pad which I provided for them to hide under. So I experimented. Whenever I wouldn't feed them, then I would find them under the lily pad and in the water. Conversely, whenever the food would sit overnight, it was guaranteed that I would find them all piled atop another and on the lily pad. Any further input/observations will also be appreciated.