During periods of drought, "gator holes" (deep areas wallowed out by alligators) are important to the survival of individuals of many aquatic animal species.
In Louisiana (Joanen and McNease 1970, 1972), nesting females had a minimum home range of 6.4-41.0 acres; males had minimum home range sizes of 452-12,560 acres and sometimes traveled over 8 km in a day.
Also in Louisiana, annual home range size of 15 radiotracked adult females was 6-166 ha; 12 of the 15 had home ranges under 50 ha (Rootes and Chabreck 1993).
See Brandt (1991) for information on the population biology of an increasing population in South Carolina.
In Georgia, nests incurred a high rate of predation by black bears (Hunt and Ogden 1991).