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The American alligator is one of the two extant species of American alligators that are widely spread across parts of the United States. Larger than the other alligator species, the Chinese alligator, this reptile is very vocal, emitting strange calls like hiss and bellow.
|Scientific Name||Alligator mississippiensis|
|Other Names||Gator, common alligator|
|Length||3 to 4.6 m (11 to 15 ft)|
|Coloration||Dark gray to gray black|
|Distribution||Across the southeastern United States, from the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia and North Carolina, south to Everglades National Park in Florida, and west to the southern tip of Texas, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma|
|Habitat||Fresh andbrackish waters in the swamps and the marshes|
|Diet||Invertebrates, fish, birds, turtles, snakes, amphibians, mammals and even humans|
|Clutch Size||35 eggs (average)|
|Mode of Reproduction||Oviparous (egg laying)|
|IUCN Conservation Status||Least Concern|
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Published on January 17th 2017 by staff under Alligators,Crocodilians. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.
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