Baby Alligator Hatches From Egg in Video From Florida Wildlife Park

A Florida alligator park has shared footage of a baby alligator hatching from an egg, and it's captured the hearts of viewers.

Gatorland Orlando, a theme park and wildlife preserve with thousands of alligators, posted the video on Facebook last Friday. It shows a tiny alligator begins to emerge from the cracked shell of its egg.

"The miracle of life," the alligator park wrote. "It is amazing that something so small and vulnerable can grow to be one of the biggest reptiles on the planet."

The video gained dozens of comments. "Wow, this is so cool," wrote one. "Welcome to the world little guy/gal."

Another wrote: "Better than watching a Jurassic Park movie!" The clip can be seen here.

Alligator babies hatch from their eggs around 65 to 70 days after they are laid, according to research published by the Southern Regional Aquaculture Center.

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A photo of a baby alligator next to a 2 euro coin at the Biotropica zoological park in France in August, 2014. Baby alligators are tiny when they hatch but grow to become huge reptiles. Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty

When they hatch, alligators are tiny and tend to measure around six to eight inches.

Newly hatched babies live in small groups called pods. During this time they are extremely vulnerable to predators including birds, raccoons, snakes, large bass, and even larger alligators. Their mothers will defend them aggressively as they grow.

Despite their tiny size at birth, alligators grow to become truly large animals. Juveniles grow about one foot every year. By the time they're 4 feet long, they're safe from most predators except for humans and other alligators according to Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

According to Key West Aquarium, the reptiles can grow up to 800 pounds and 13 feet long on average, with females tending to be smaller than males. The largest alligator ever recorded was 17 feet and 5 inches long.

Alligators have plenty of time to grow. They live an average of 35 to 50 years in the wild but can live for between 60 and 80 years in human care.

American alligators can be found in the coastal wetlands of the U.S. southeast. They range from as far north as North Carolina, as far west as eastern Texas, and down to southern Florida according to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

Earlier this year an alligator was found in the master bedroom of a newly built Florida home as a man was installing window blinds. Professional trappers arrived at the scene to remove the alligator through a patio door. The reptile was then released into a wilderness area by the trappers, McClatchy News reported.