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American Alligator

(Alligator mississippiensis)

 

Category: Reptiles

 

 

This large reptile can reach lengths of 15 feet and a weight of almost 1000 pounds! They inhabit freshwater wetlands throughout the southeastern United States, with Louisiana and Florida boasting the highest numbers of wild American alligators. The holes they dig in their wetland environments form important habitat and sources of fresh water for other organisms.

http://www.nwf.org/wildlife/wildlife-library/amphibians-reptiles-and-fish/american-alligator.aspx

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_alligator

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Sauropsida
Order - Crocodilia
Family - Alligatoridae
Genus - Alligator
Species - A. mississippiensis

 
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