Hey guys just so you are all aware, cuz I see those notes there in the corner and I know the vast majority of them are ignorant to this: this animal is not expressing pleasure.
The noise is a sound of distress and submission in crocodilians this size. It is not affectionate. The tight shut eyes, pathetic squeaking, heaving sides and head held high are actually all signs of stress. This alligator is trying to be submissive to the touches because she feels bullied and is trying to persuade her owner that it is not a threat worth bothering with. She’s saying with all the signals she can possibly send “Alright I submit! I am smaller than you and harmless! Please stop, I don’t like it!”
Normally I would have no trouble with someone doing something like this to showcase a behavior, but the fact that the owner says this is her ‘gator “showing her content” and seems to be confusing the squeak for a form of affection for a mother instead of a distress, identification, and submission sound is fucking disgusting. Someone who grossly misunderstands the psychology of something as intelligent and dangerous as crocodilians shouldn’t own them.
Reptile behavior is completely different from mammalian and even avian behavior.