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American Alligator

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.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Crocodilia
    Family Alligatoridae
    Subfamily Alligatorinae
    Genus Alligator
    Species A. mississippiensis
    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
    Breeding Season Spring
    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 under Crocodiles. Article was last reviewed on 15th January 2018.

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