American Alligator

Vicious but still not a crocodile

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American alligator facts

-there are 2 species of alligators, American & Chinese

-Can live up to 50 years in the zoo

-Alligators feed on fish, turtles, snakes, birds and mammals, and will even engage in the cannibalistic practice of eating other alligators.

-Alligators are traditionally found in freshwater such as rivers, lakes, swamps and the surrounding land.

-American alligators can be found in the southeastern United States. While Louisiana has the largest population of alligators, they are also found in Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas.

-American alligators have between 74 and 80 teeth in their mouth at any given time, and each gator can go through 2,000 to 3,000 teeth during its lifetime.

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