Bellowing like a Bull

Large American Alligator on Billy’s Lake; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. March 4, 2017. © Please don’t steal my images. Download and use legally from

Excerpt from the 1926 History of the Okefenokee Swamp by AS McQueen and Hamp Mizell:

“The alligators, especially at mating season, keep in touch with each other by ‘bellowing’ which sounds very much like a bull, except the last part of the ‘bellow’ has a growling sound. When bellowing, the alligator holds his head level with the water, which gives added force and pitch to is voice, and on a still day in the Swamp a large alligators bellowing is heard for miles.”

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