Crocodilia American Alligator American alligators, or simply, gators, are common crocodilians that are native to the southeastern United States. These alligators are an amazing conservation success story, and were once driven to the brink of extinction. Nowadays these large reptiles have thriving populations.
Their body alone ranges from 6 - 14 feet long. Almost black in color, the it has prominent eyes and nostrils with coarse scales over the entire body.
It has a large, long head with visible upper teeth along the edge of the jaws. Its front feet have 5 toes, while rear feet have 4 toes that are webbed. For more information, see the alligator pages. Life History An agile swimmer, the American alligator often floats or swims with only its eyes and nostrils exposed.
Alligators are carnivorous, and will eat anything they can catch, including fish, turtles, lizards, snakes, small mammals, water birds, crustaceans and other alligators. They can be very vocal; the young typically make a bark and adults will bellow, grunt, or hiss, depending on the circumstances.
Alligators in Texas are mostly inactive from mid-October until early March. During breeding season, females stay close to home territories while males may occupy ranges up to ten square miles.
The female will build a nest of local vegetation up to 6 feet across and several feet high. She lays her eggs in the center of this mound, allowing the decaying vegetation and sunlight to provide the warmth necessary to incubate the eggs.
Females typically lay over 35 eggs. Each egg is about 3 inches long. The eggs incubate for about 2 months, and the female will watch and defend the nest during this time.
As the young hatch, they "yip" and the female will assist them by digging them out of the nest.
Hatchling alligators are about 9 inches long and will stay near the female for up to two years. The female will continue to protect the young during this period. American alligators normally avoid humans, but they can become perceived as a nuisance when they establish territories around people.
As human populations in Texas continue to expand, there have been an increased number of encounters between people and alligators. Alligators have been known to prey on pets and must be treated with caution. Alligators can be surprisingly quick on land and are capable of running quickly over short distances.
Habitat Alligators are found in or near water. They are common in swamps, rivers, bayous, and marshes. While typically found in fresh-water, they can tolerate brackish water as well.
Distribution The American alligator is found throughout the southern U. Other The American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, once on the verge of extinction, has made a tremendous come-back over the past 30 years.The American alligator is classified by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as similarity of appearance to a threatened taxon.
This listing provides federal protection for alligators but allows state-approved management and control programs. The American alligator is a large crocodilian with an armored body, short legs, a muscular tail and a long, rounded snout. This reptile nearly went extinct but is now considered a conservation success story.
Sep 28, · Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates & Small Pets: American Alligator Facts Reptile Super Show! in Pomona California !! My pet american alligator eating crickets - Duration. The American Alligator is an amazing reptile, having survived almost unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs.
Having been hunted almost for extinction, this reptile has made an amazing comeback in recent years.
Inhabiting almost every body of water in Florida. American alligator are not c. Mar 17, · Come face to face with the largest reptile in the world as we rescue a massive American alligator from a pond where it was not wanted, and transport her to a new location.
The American alligator lives in the southern United States, from North Carolina to Texas, according to the Smithsonian Zoo. These gators can be found in slow-moving rivers, ponds, lakes and swamps.