American Alligator

Scientific Name: Alligator Mississippiensis

Status: Least Concern (LC)

The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator or common alligator, is a large crocodilian reptile native to the Southeastern United States.

Adult male American alligators measure 3.4 to 4.6 m in length, and can weigh up to 453 kg. Females are smaller, measuring 2.6 to 3 m in length.

Habitat: Wetlands (inland), Marine Intertidal, Marine Coastal/Supratidal. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls). Wetlands (inland) - Wetlands (inland) - Seasonal/Intermittent/Irregular Rivers/Streams/Creeks. Wetlands (inland).

Animal Location: Terrific Trails

Reproduction: Females become sexually mature at 1.8-2.1 m TL and 10-16 years of age depending on climate and habitat productivity. Courtship and mating take place during the spring (April-May) warming period. Nest construction and egg-laying occur in June and earl.