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  1. 1. Alligators
  2. 2. Habitat <ul><li>Alligators are usually found in freshwater, in slow-moving rivers. </li></ul><ul><li>They are also found in swamps, marshes, and lakes. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Diet <ul><li>They have very strong jaws that can crack a turtle shell. </li></ul><ul><li>They eat fish, snails and other invertebrates, birds, frogs, and mammals that come to the water's edge. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Description <ul><li>The average size for an adult female American alligator is 8.2 feet. </li></ul><ul><li>The average size for a male is 11.2 feet. </li></ul><ul><li>Alligators can reach a weight of nearly 1,000 pounds. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Both males and females have an &quot;armored&quot; body with a muscular flat tail. </li></ul><ul><li>The skin on the back is armored with embedded bony plates. </li></ul><ul><li>Alligators have a long snout with upward facing nostrils at the end—this lets them breathe while the rest of the body is underwater. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Alligator Babies <ul><li>Alligators lie eggs in nests, which hatch after 65 days </li></ul><ul><li>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 . </li></ul>
  7. 8. A photo of a baby alligator
  8. 9. Interesting ‘gator facts <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>American alligators may live to about 50 years in the wild. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>The alligator became the official state reptile of Florida in 1987. </li></ul><ul><li>Alligators are hunted mostly for their skins, but also they are hunted for meat. </li></ul>
  9. 10. An underwater view of an alligator