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American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis


The American alligator has a large, powerful body, long tail and thick legs. The jaws are powerful and may be among the strongest in the animal kingdom. Adults are generally gray or black while young are usually striped. Adult males average about 3.4 meters (8-11 feet) in length; females are somewhat shorter.


Freshwater environments--occasionally brackish water systems--along the southeast and Gulf coasts of the United States and spreading inland.

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Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 7 years ago

He was pretty big. There were four alligators in this pond and we saw three of them. A ranger told us that the largest alligator in this pond was about 12 feet long and I suspect that this was the animal to which he was referring....

EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Wow Gordon! Was this guy as big as he looks?! This looks like a huge adult!

Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

San Juan, Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 26, 2013
Submitted on May 19, 2013

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