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  • 1. Alligators
  • 2. Habitat
    • Alligators are usually found in freshwater, in slow-moving rivers.
    • They are also found in swamps, marshes, and lakes.
  • 3. Diet
    • They have very strong jaws that can crack a turtle shell.
    • They eat fish, snails and other invertebrates, birds, frogs, and mammals that come to the water's edge.
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  • 5. Description
    • The average size for an adult female American alligator is 8.2 feet.
    • The average size for a male is 11.2 feet.
    • Alligators can reach a weight of nearly 1,000 pounds.
  • 6.
    • Both males and females have an "armored" body with a muscular flat tail.
    • The skin on the back is armored with embedded bony plates.
    • Alligators have a long snout with upward facing nostrils at the end—this lets them breathe while the rest of the body is underwater.
  • 7. Alligator Babies
    • Alligators lie eggs in nests, which hatch after 65 days
    • The sex of the juveniles is determined by the temperature of the nest: above 93° F (33.8° C) all are male, below 86° F (30° C) all are female .
  • 8. A photo of a baby alligator
  • 9. Interesting ‘gator facts
    • Alligators have between 74 and 80 teeth in their mouth at a time. As teeth wear down they are replaced. An alligator can go through 2,000 to 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.
    • American alligators may live to about 50 years in the wild.
    • Spanish sailors visiting the New World thought the unfamiliar alligator was a huge lizard. In Spanish, el lagarto means the lizard. English sailors took the name as allagarter and in time it has become alligator.
    • The alligator became the official state reptile of Florida in 1987.
    • Alligators are hunted mostly for their skins, but also they are hunted for meat.
  • 10. An underwater view of an alligator