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Chinese Alligator

Chinese alligator is a species of alligator found only in eastern China. It is one of the two known living species of alligator. The stocky body creature is one of the smallest and the most docile crocodilians. It can regulate its body temperature.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Crocodilia
    Family Alligatoridae
    Genus Alligator
    Scientific Name Alligator sinensis


    Other Names Yangtze alligator
    Length Up to 7 ft (2.1 m)
    Weight Up to 100 lb (45 kg)
    Color Dark green or black overall color
    Distribution China
    Habitat Marshes, ponds, streams, and  lakes in subtropical, temperate region
    Diet Aquatic molluscs like snails and mussels, fish; sometimes feed on  water birds and small mammals
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes hibernation
    Predators Juveniles and eggs fall prey to large birds, large fish and other alligators
    Breeding Season June – July
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 10 to 50 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 70 days
    Reproductive Age  5 to 7 years of age
    Average Lifespan In Wild: Around 50 years
    In Captivity: Around 70 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered

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    Published on March 17th 2017 by under Crocodiles. Article was last reviewed on 14th July 2018.

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