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.
Location. 30° 12.196′ N, 91° 53.978′ W. Marker is in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, in Saint Martin Parish. Marker is on Rookery Road east of Prairie Highway (State Highway 353), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Rookery Road, Breaux Bridge LA 70517, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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