American Alligator

 

The largest freshwater reptile in North America, the Alligator grows to 6-16’ long. According to local naturalists, the # of inches between the eyes and the tip of the nose is roughly equal to the gator’s length in feet. It is distinguished from the Crocodile by its broad rounded snout. In the dry season, gators dig deep ‘gator’ holes which provide water for local wildlife. A loud bellowing can be heard throughout the area during breeding season after which 20-80 eggs are laid.

Latin Name: Alligator Mississippiensis

Habitat: Swamp, Marsh, River

Diet: Mammals, Fish, Turtles, Birds, Snakes

Species Alert! Species of Special Concern