The Typical Diet of a Chinese Alligator

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Some of the types of food that we feed our Alligators

There's not much knowledge around what Chinese Alligators eat in the wild and their specific diet, however previous stomach investigations of the species have been found to contain rats, bugs and aquatic molluscs (snails, mussels etc).

Research carried out concluded that the Chinese Alligator's diet was mainly made up of the following:

  • River snails
  • Spiral-shelled snails
  • Rabbits
  • Freshwater mussels
  • Freshwater shrimps
  • Frogs
  • Fish
  • Larvae
  • Insects

Birds and small mammals may also be part of their diet too. Above is a picture of part of the diet of our captive Chinese Alligators, which you'll see is as close to their known natural diet as we can get.

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