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The American alligator has a large, slightly rounded body, with thick limbs, a broad head, and a very powerful tail. Adult Alligators generally have dark grey or nearly black color. They may at times appear to be lighter based on detritus or algae in the water covering their skin. Juvenile alligators have a striped pattern for camouflage that they lose as they mature.
Mother alligator with 8 hatchlings. It was relatively cold for Florida (in the 60's) so only two of the 8 juvenile gators were out.