What are tail notches?
Tail notches are the section of the tail scutes that are removed as seen in the picture on the right.
Why tail notches?
Tail notches are an effective and humane way to permanently mark an alligator. These scutes will not grow back but other than the initial pain an alligator may feel during removal it will cause no other ill effects.
What is their purpose?
Tail notches serve two purposes 1) it is a way to permanently mark the alligator for long term identification 2) the scutes that are removed will serve as tissue samples for our genetic project.
What’s the blue tag?
The blue tag is an allflex tag that is most commonly used in the ear of cattle. It serves as an easier way to identify the alligator as the tail notches are not always easily seen. The downside of these colored tags is that they can fall off after a few years, which is why we also use tail notches