Alligator Wetlands

They might have a reputation for being tough, but alligators are amongst the most attentive parents in the reptile world, remaining with their young for as long as three years. They are also highly intelligent, and have been known to use tools.

American Alligator

Animal Facts

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Alligator mississippiensis

RANGE

Inhabits freshwater wetlands, such as marshes and cypress swamps from Texas to southeastern and coastal North Carolina

COOL ANIMAL FACT

The alligator is often described as "a living fossil" as it has evolved very little over the past 65 million years.

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