Friday, January 6, 2012

Digestive System

  • The digestive system of the alligator is short and simple
  • In their mouth they have many rows of teeth, but they are not used for chewing, they're used for trapping and seizing prey
  • Their stomach consists of two parts, the gizzard and the digestive section
  • the gizzard has gastroliths to help digest food in the stomach and also works as a buoyancy controller
  • The food then passes through the intestine to the cloaca
  • Since alligators don't have a bladder their urine and wast exist through the cloaca which is an opening to the outside of their body

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