A very big American alligator
A very big American alligator
 
 
Close-up of an alligator
Close-up of an alligator
 
 
The foot of an alligator
The foot of an alligator
 
 
Close-up of an alligator's skin
Close-up of an alligator's skin
 
 
A baby alligator
A baby alligator
 
 
A congregation of alligators
A congregation of alligators
 
Alligator
Topic(s):   Freshwater Animals, Reptiles
Quick Facts
Type of Animal reptile
Habitat freshwater wetland, slow-moving rivers, swamps, marshes
Diet fish, turtles, birds, other reptiles
Migration no
Life span up to 50 years
Male bull
Female cow
Baby hatchling
Group congregation
Predators of eggs/young birds, raccoons, bobcats, otters, snakes
Predators of adult larger alligators, people
Endangered no

The alligator is a reptile that is a cousin to the crocodile. There are two types of alligators. One is called the American alligator. The other is called the Chinese alligator.

The alligator you see today looks just like the alligator that a dinosaur would have seen. An alligator has a wide nose and its eyes are near the back of its head. An alligator is very dark in color. It almost looks black.

Did you know that an alligatorís eyes will glow red when a light is shined on them?

An American alligator can grow to be more than 13 feet (four meters) long! It can weigh over 600 pounds (over 270 kilograms)! A Chinese alligator is much smaller. It does not grow to be more than six feet (two meters) long.

American alligators live in the United States. It can live in the southeastern states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina. A Chinese alligator lives only along a river in China called the Yangtze.

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