Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

American Alligator


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Alligator mississippiensis
PROFILE:

American alligators were once critically endangered but due to impressive conservation efforts they have made such a comeback that their numbers are estimated to be over 1 million in the wild, and they are even considered pests in some parts of their range!

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Reptile, Crocodylia (crocodiles and alligators)
NATIVE TO:
North America: southeastern United States into Texas and Oklahoma
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Carnivore
LIFESPAN:
Up to 60+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Social but territorial, especially during breeding season.
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