American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis

American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis
Least Concern
Alligator mississippiensis

Characteristics and Behavior:

The American alligator is a large reptile that can grow up to 14 feet (4.3 meters) in length and weigh up to 1,000 pounds (454 kg). They have a broad, rounded snout that distinguishes them from crocodiles, which have a more pointed snout. Their body is covered in tough, armored skin with black coloration on their back and sides, while their underbelly is a light yellow to tan color. They have strong legs with webbed feet that make them excellent swimmers and a powerful tail that propels them through the water. Alligators also construct their own pools, called Alligator holes, that hold water throughout the year. As the dry season approaches and water dries up from surrounding areas, the retained water in the gator hole becomes a refuge for a variety of wildlife.



Fun Facts:

  1. American alligators have remained relatively unchanged for over 8 million years.
  2. They are capable of remaining underwater for up to two hours due to their ability to slow their heart rate and conserve oxygen.
  3. American alligators were once endangered due to overhunting, but their populations have recovered thanks to conservation efforts.

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