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Are there any alligators in America?

The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) ranges throughout the southeastern United States, and Everglades alligators exist at the southern extreme of their range.8 . 2021 .

Where do American alligators live?

The American alligator is found in the United States from North Carolina to the Rio Grande in Texas. Alligators are usually found in freshwater, slow-moving rivers. They also live in swamps, marshes and lakes. They can only tolerate salt water for brief periods because they do not have salt glands.

Did American alligators almost go extinct?

Alligators live in the wetlands of the southern United States. The reptiles were hunted close to extinction. After they were listed under the Endangered Species Act, hunting was prohibited and their habitat was protected. The species has made a dramatic recovery and was removed from the endangered species list in 1987.

What is the difference between an American alligator and a Chinese alligator?

Chinese alligators are much smaller than American alligators. ... The American alligator's snout doesn't turn up. Both types of alligators have bodies that have bony plates on them. The Chinese alligator has a bony plate on its eyelids and on its belly, which American alligators don't have.

What's the biggest alligator in the world?

The current world record alligator was taken by Mandy Stokes, of Thomaston, in August 2014. It measured 15 feet, 9 inches long and weighed 1,011.5 pounds.5 . 2020 .

What is the biggest alligator ever caught?

The longest gator caught was a 14-foot, 3-1/2 inch male from Lake Washington in Brevard County.31 . 2020 .

Do crocodiles live in the US?

American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) are a shy and reclusive species. They live in coastal areas throughout the Caribbean, and occur at the northern end of their range in south Florida. ... The American crocodile inhabits brackish or saltwater areas and can be found in ponds, coves, and creeks in mangrove swamps.

Do alligators eat humans?

Alligators. Despite their manifest ability to kill prey similar to or larger than humans in size and their commonness in an area of dense human settlement (the southeastern United States, especially Florida), American alligators rarely prey upon humans.

How long do alligator babies stay with mom?

Their mother protects them from predators, which include raccoons, bobcats, birds, and even other alligators. The young alligators stay with their mother for up to two years. After that, they're able to fend for themselves.



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