American Alligator

American Alligator

Scientific Name

Alligator mississippiensis

Range

From Texas to Florida, up to North Carolina

Habitats

Marshes, swamps, wetlands, fresh bodies of water

What do they eat?

Birds, turtles, insects

Status

Least Concern

Conservation Threats

The alligator population is stable at more than a million individuals in Florida. USFWS monitors the trafficking of alligators in the pet trade, and also regulates hunting practices that take place through a lottery system.  Alligators were almost hunted to extinction in the 1960’s. Alligators were protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1973, and through conservation efforts, were removed from the list in 1987.

Fun Facts
  • Naples Zoo has 13 alligators in our Alligator Bay.
  • They are the official state reptile of Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
  • Females on average are 6-8 feet long, and males average 10-12 feet.
  • Nunchal scutes are located on the back of the neck and are considered to be the fingerprint of the crocodilian world.
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