American Alligator

(Alligator mississippiensis)

  • Classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Class: Crocodilia

Order: Reptilia

Family: Alligatoridae

Genus/Species: Alligator mississippiensis


  • Evolutionary Relationships: In an evolutionary sense, alligators are closely related to lizards.

  • Habitat: American alligators can be found in swamplands, particularly in the southeast United States in places such as Louisiana, the Everglades, and southern Florida.

  • Type of Diet: American alligators are apex predators and eat fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and mammals.

  • Social Interactions: They like to whip there head back and forth and slam there tail.

  • Locomotion [how they move]: they move on land and swim in the water they can swim/ run up to 30 to 35 mph

  • Endangered Status: American alligators were an endangered species but are now thriving.


  • Size and Weight: Adult males can range in size from 11 to 15 feet in length and can weigh up to almost 1000 pounds.

  • Behavior: There behavior is calm unless they fell threatened or they think that there land will be taken. They also attack when they do not fell sure about something.

  • Interesting Facts: There are about 400,000 american alligators in Texas, and they have been known to attack humans, though such attacks are rare.

  • Predators: American alligators are apex predators; they are preyed upon only by man.
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