Chinese Alligator

Chinese Alligator

Chinese Alligator
Alligator sinensis


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Crocodylia
FAMILY
Alligatoridae

Range

Yangtze River basin in eastern China


Habitat

Marshlands, ponds, and lakes


Diet

Fish, insects, snails, small mammals, and crustaceans

Weight

Up to 88 lbs.

Size

Up to 6.5 ft.

Clutch

10 to 50 eggs

IUCN Status

Critically Endangered

Facts

  • The Chinese alligator is one of only two species of alligator in the world. It differs from its cousin, the American alligator, because its snout is slightly upturned and tapered and its eyelids have a bony plate.
  • The Chinese alligator spends its time in caves and burrows during the colder and drier months.
  • It is possible that the mythical Chinese dragon was inspired by the Chinese alligator.

 

Conservation

Critically endangered due to habitat loss. Scientists estimate that fewer than 130 survive in the wild.

Critically Endangered

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