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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Crocodila
Family:Alligatoridae
Genus:Alligator
Genus species:Alligator mississippiensis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:3-6 m
Identification:The American alligator is generally black with yellowish cross bands that become less apparent with age.
Habitat:Freshwater ponds, lakes, rivers, swamps
Diet:Carnivore: crustaceans, mollusks, fish, frogs, insects, snakes, birds, raccoons, carrion
Reproduction:After breeding in April or May, females lay their eggs in June into a mound of plants and soil. A clutch usually has 20-35 eggs. After hatching, the young alligators remain near their mother for three years.
Outside of the breeding season, males and females are segregated. Males live in deep open waters and females live in shallower areas.
Behavior:During droughts, the alligator will dig deep holes, or dens, which they hibernate in during the winter.
Status:Vulnerable: hunted for their hides
Interesting Facts:The main difference between a crocodile and an alligator is that, in an alligator, the fourth tooth on each side of the lower jaw is not visible when the mouth is closed.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern North America Date:1967-03 Subjects:herptile
Mississippi alligator
American alligator
reptile
Alligators
Crocodylidae
Crocodilians
Reptiles
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals