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America Alligator

Alligator mississipiensis

Description:

Is a large crocodilian reptile endemic to the southeastern United States. It is one of two living species in the genus Alligator within the family Alligatoridae; it is larger than the other extant alligator species, the Chinese alligator. Adult male American alligators measure up to 3.4 to 4.6 m in length, and can weigh up to 453 kg. Females are smaller, measuring around 3 m. The American alligator inhabits freshwater wetlands, such as marshes and cypress swamps from Texas to North Carolina. It is distinguished from the sympatric American crocodile by its broader snout, with overlapping jaws and darker coloration, and is less tolerant of saltwater but more tolerant of cooler climates than the American crocodile, which is found only in tropical climates.

Habitat:

Water body at Anhinga Trail (Royal Palm), Everglades National Park, Florida

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Alex Salcedo
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Alex Salcedo

Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 9, 2014
Submitted on Mar 13, 2015

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