American alligator

Alligator mississippiensis

The American Alligator is sometimes referred to as the gator or common alligator and is a large crocodilian reptile common to the southeastern United States. The Alligator inhabits freshwater wetlands, such as marshes and cypress swamps from Texas to North Carolina. Male Alligators use infrasound to attract females. Eggs are laid in a nest of vegetation, sticks, leaves, and mud in a sheltered spot in or near the water. Young are born with yellow bands around their bodies and are protected by their mother for up to one year.

DIET

Alligators consume fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

FAST FACTS

Size: 9 – 15 feet length
Weight: 1,000 lbs
Lifespan: 30 – 50 years in
the wild.

CONSERVATION STATUS

LEAST CONCERN