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The American alligator lives in wetlands that can be in close proximity to human populations. Alligators are popular sights on the many swamp tours in from Florida to Texas. They can stay underwater for hours.
Just about any living creature in or near the water is potential prey for the alligator. Fish, deer, birds, raccoons, frogs and rats are all fair game, as are dogs and occasionally humans.
Across the southeastern United States.
Once in trouble, today alligators are plentiful and regulated through a hunting season.
- Breeding season is in the spring, and an alligator’s bellow to attract a mate is one of the more eerie sounds in the swamp.
- Alligators have a cruising speed in water of about a mile an hour, although they can be a lot faster over short distances when pursuing prey.
Animalia, Chordata, Reptilia, Archosauria, Crocodilia, Alligatoridae
Place of Birth
Swamps of southeastern United States
Up to 17 feet
Dark grey to black
Where to See
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