True facts about alligators

American alligators live in the wild in the southeastern United States. You’re most likely to spot them in Florida and Louisiana, where they live in rivers, lakes, ponds, swamps, bayous, and marshes. These reptiles are kind of clumsy on land, but they’re built for life in the water. Great swimmers,  they has a large, dark (usually black), slightly rounded body and thick limbs.

True Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Alligatoridae
Genus: Alligator
Scientific Name: Alligator mississippiensis
Common Name: Alligator
Other Name(s): Gator
Group: Reptile
Number Of Species: 2
Location: southern USA and China
Habitat: Marsh and swampland
Colour: Green, Grey, Black, Brown, Yellow
Skin Type: Scales
Size (L): 2.5cm – 4.5m (8ft – 15ft)
Weight: 181kg – 363kg (400lbs – 800lbs)
Top Speed: 24kph (15mph)
Diet: Carnivore
Prey: Fish, Snakes, Turtles
Predators: Human, Birds, Raccoon
Lifestyle: Diurnal/Nocturnal
Group Behaviour: Solitary
Water Type: Fresh, Brackish
Life Span: 30 – 60 years
Age Of Sexual Maturity: 10 – 12 years
Incubation Period: 2 months
Average Clutch Size: 35
Name Of Young: Hatchling
Age Of Independence: 1- 2 years
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Estimated Population Size: 1 million/less than 100
Biggest Threat: Water pollution
Most Distinctive Feature: Muscular tail half the total body length
Fun Fact: They have two sets of eyelids!