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American Alligator

American Alligator
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Common Name: American Alligator
Scientific Name: Alligator mississippienis
Habitat: Both fresh and brackish Water~ ponds, swamps, lakes, marshes, bayous, rivers
Range: Coast of North Carolina to E. Texas ~ North to S. Oklahoma

 

The American Alligator is the largest reptile in North America growing up to 19 feet long. Females lay up to 60, 3", hard-shelled eggs in a nest which she guards during the 9 week incubation period. Their diet is mainly fish, birds, snakes, frogs, small mammals and turtles. They have also been known to eat deer and even humans. Alligators can be distinguished from crocodiles because alligators have a much more rounded snout. American Crocodiles are also only found naturally in extreme southern Florida and the keys.
 

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