Cypress Island Preserve supports many alligators, including in some of the largest in Louisiana. While visiting the preserve between March and October, you may see alligators up to 10-15 feet long along the western edge of Lake Martin. Alligators feed on a wide variety of animals, such as fish, birds, turtles, frogs, snakes, and nutria.
Courtship and mating occur in April and May. Nest building and egg laying occur from late May through early July. About 40 eggs are laid in a large nest made from vegetation and mud. Heat from the rotting vegetation incubates the eggs. In August and September, the young hatch and seek cover along the water's edge. Baby alligators are about 9 inches long and are protected by the mother through the first winter. The alligator is one of the few reptile species that cares for its young.
Erected by The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Entertainment.
Location. 30° 12.196′ N, 91° 53.978′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wetlands (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lake Martin (about 400 feet away); The Pellerin-Chauffe House (approx. 3.9 miles away); Breaux Bridge/Pont-Breaux (approx. 4.8 miles away); The Valery Thibodeaux House (approx. 4.9 miles away); Pont Breaux, Louisiane (approx. 4.9 miles away); Cajun Warrior (approx. 4.9 miles away); Scholastique Picou Breaux (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Breaux Bridge.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 1, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 1, 2018.