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American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
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American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

Description: American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) are large, lizard-like creatures of fresh water. The skin is leathery (not scaly like lizards), the jaws are long and powerful, and the tail is laterally flattened, which facilitates swimming. Compared to American Crocodiles, alligators have a relatively broad head and snout, a relatively short snout, and darker skin.

Taxonomy: Class: Reptilia; Order: Crocodylia; Family: Alligatoridae.

Diet: Turtles, fish, smaller alligators, birds, dogs, and just about anything else they can catch.

American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

Habitat: Mostly freshwater ponds, marshes, and rivers, also coastal brackish areas.

Range: This species occurs throughout the southeastern U.S. from the south tip of Texas to Virginia.

Where to Find: Don't look for American Alligators around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them on trips to the Gulf Coast and southeastern US. Florida (e.g., Ding Darling NWR, the City of Dunedin, Everglades National Park, and Miami area) is a good place to find them during winter.

American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) If you were a tasty fish or a little turtle, this might be the last face you ever see!
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
American Alligator; Everglades, Florida
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
American Alligator (looks so happy!); Everglades, Florida
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Three alligators along Shark Valley trail
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
Alligator basking in late afternoon sun
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
Sleeping gator? ...
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
... well, maybe not if you get this close
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American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
American Alligator; Dunedin, Florida
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
American Alligator; Dunedin, Florida
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American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
American Alligator juvenile; notice yellow banding on body
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
American Alligator juvenile; notice yellow banding on body
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Alligator maternal care; Everglades, Florida
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
Alligator maternal care; Everglades, Florida
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
Alligator maternal care; Everglades, Florida
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
Alligator maternal care; Everglades, Florida
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
American Alligator juvenile, Shark Valley, Everglades, Florida
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
American Alligator juvenile, Shark Valley, Everglades, Florida
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
Some people just aren't too smart; Shark Valley, Everglades, Florida
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
American Alligator; Homosassa Springs, Florida
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
American Alligator nest (hard to see; see photo at right)
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
American Alligator nest (close-up of a pile of hatchlings)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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