American Alligator

American Alligator

American Alligator
Alligator mississippiensis


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Crocodylia
FAMILY
Alligatoridae

Range

Southeastern United States


Habitat

Freshwater lakes, marshes and swamps


Diet

Fish, turtles, snakes, mammals and birds

Weight

MALE Avg. 600 lbs.
FEMALE Avg. 200 - 300 lbs.

Length

MALE Avg. 11 ft.
FEMALE Avg. 8 ft.

Incubation

About 3 months

Clutch

Up to 50 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Webbed feet aid in swimming and their powerful tail helps propel them through the water.
  • An alligator can swim up to 20 miles per hour and run on land as fast as 11 miles per hour for short distances.
  • Alligators have between 74 and 80 teeth in their mouth at a time, and as teeth wear down, they are replaced. An alligator can go through as many as 2,000 to 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.
  • Their powerful muscles can slam their jaws shut with a force estimated up to 2,000 pounds per square inch.
  • When they hatch from their eggs, alligators are 10 inches long and black with yellow stripes.

 

Conservation

Once on the verge of extinction, through strict conservation measures the American alligator has rebounded.

However, it is listed as threatened on the U.S. Endangered Species List because of its similar appearance to the American crocodile, which is endangered, and hunters are likely to confuse the two species.

Least Concern

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