American Alligator

  • Scientific name: Alligator mississippiensis
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Crocodilia
  • Family: Alligatoridae
  • Genus: Alligator
  • Species: A. mississippiensis
American Alligator

Fun Facts

  • 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