American Alligator

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Scientific Name
Alligator mississippiensis


Wild: 30-50 years
Captivity: 60-80 years

8-15 feet

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We Are:Threatened
The American Alligator is no longer endangered, however they are listed as Threatened on the US Endangered Species List due to their similarity in appearance to the endangered American crocodile.

Did you know?

  • This species is an example of a conservation success. The American alligator was placed on the endangered species list in 1967 as the result of over hunting and habitat loss. After strict conservation efforts, their population was declared recovered in 1987 and wild populations continue to thrive.
  • Alligators have 74 to 80 teeth in their mouth at a time. As teeth wear down they are replaced. An alligator may go through 2,000 to 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.
  • Unlike many reptiles, alligators do provide parental care to their young. The mother will fiercely protect her nest from intruders. Once the eggs hatch, she moves the hatchlings to a safe area and continues to protect them for a few months.
  • Alligators do not have vocal cords, however males can bellow by pushing air out of their lungs. This noise is used to attract a mate.

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