Project Description

(Alligator mississippiensis)

The white color makes this animal rare in the wild. The lack of color is caused by a genetic or congenital condition that interferes with the ability to produce pigments, called albinism.

sometimes referred to as the gator or common alligator

The American Alligator is a large crocodilian reptile native to the southeastern United States.

The Alligator inhabits freshwater wetlands, such as marshes and cypress swamps from Texas to North Carolina.

Male Alligator use infra-sound to attract females. Eggs are laid in a nest of vegetation, sticks, leaves, and mud in a sheltered spot in or near the water. Young are born with yellow bands around their bodies and are protected by their mother for up to one year.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Southern North America

Weight: Up to 1,000 lbs

Size: 9 - 15 feet length

Lifespan: 30 - 50 years in the wild

Diet: Alligator consume fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

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