Oklahoma alligator moving hatchlings caught on camera

Part of Okla. alligator research projects at Red Slough Wildlife Management Area with Okla. Dept. Wildlife Conservation and partnering schools
Oklahoma alligator moving 22 hatchlings to water as they continue to grow. ODWC screenshot of video released Sept 2022.

McCURTAIN COUNTY, Okla. — The Red Slough Wetlands area is where native Oklahoma alligators have always lived. It’s the extreme SE corner of the state bordering on Texas and Arkansas, more than five hours south of the Joplin region.

In July the Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) released details on Oklahoma alligator research projects at Red Slough Wildlife Management Area with study partners at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Adventist University.

As part of the study they have been monitoring a nest and hatchlings caught on trail camera.


“Parenting in the wild is no easy task! This 8-foot alligator has been hard at work, hustling since early July when it began building its 6-foot diameter nest at Red Slough WMA,” ODWC state in a release of information along with video clips.

The alligator guarded the nest through August up to now.

ODWC says the alligator recently, “spent 13 hours digging out the 22 hatchlings and moving them to nearby water, one mouthful at a time.”

See the fascinating video above. Also scroll below and see video from July of another gator in the study.


Red Slough WMA covers 5,814 acres in McCurtain County in southeast Oklahoma. Located 6 miles south of Haworth, the area consists of consists of about 2,400 acres of wetlands (Red Slough WRP), 1,600 acres of shrub/scrub habitat, 1,100 acres of bottomland hardwood reforestation, 414 acres of reservoirs, and 300 acres of woodlands. Courtesy ODWC.

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