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Chinese Alligator

(Alligator sinensis)

 

Category: Reptiles

 

 

This species is significantly smaller than its only close cousin, the American alligator. It is further distinguished from its American relative by its fully armored body – even its underside is protected by thick, horny scales. This species is critically endangered in the wild due to habitat conversion and inhabits only a tiny portion of its original range.

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

http://www.stlzoo.org/animals/abouttheanimals/reptiles/alligatorsandcrocodiles/chinesealligator

 

Data & Facts

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

 
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