Fish, insects, snails, small mammals, and crustaceans
Up to 88 lbs.
Up to 6.5 ft.
10 to 50 eggs
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.
Critically endangered due to habitat loss. Scientists estimate that fewer than 130 survive in the wild.
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