- Scientific name: Alligator mississippiensis
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Reptilia
- Order: Crocodilia
- Family: Alligatoridae
- Genus: Alligator
- Species: A. mississippiensis
- Alligator populations were once nearly wiped out due to excessive hunting.
- In 1968, they were classified as endangered species.
- Alligator teeth are often shed and replaced; old alligators may have had up to 50 sets of teeth.
- Juveniles eat insects, fish and frogs while adults eat terrestrial prey that come within range.
- A healthy alligator can go months without eating. They store fat in their bodies and tails.
- American alligators can be anywhere from 9 to 14 feet long