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American alligator

Alligator mississippiensis


The American Alligator has an unmistakable look. The closest thing you can get it confused with is the American Crocodile, but can be distinguished by the Alligator having a broader snout with overlapping jaws that show the teeth.


They inhabit freshwater marshes and swamps all throughout the southeastern US


Found this guy sitting next to a pond at night, it just let me friend walk up to it and pick it up. Didn't seem to mind us all holding it and taking pictures before we released it back to its pond.

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Palestine, Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 8, 2012
Submitted on Oct 11, 2012

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