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The American Alligator
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The American Alligator

No reptile makes more impressive sounds than that ferocious giant, the American alligator.

Male gators have the most to say during breeding season, when their discussions sort out who is dominant and who is not, and their claims to territory get so loud, the waters dance.

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Alligator Habitat by Katelyn and Blake

Alligator Habitat by Katelyn and Blake

Join kid-scientists Katelyn and Blake in the swamps of Mississippi, as they prove that alligators need food and quiet and LOTS of mud. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Alligator Pictures

Alligator Pictures

Browse this photo gallery for an up-close — and safe! — look at 'gators in America. More...

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Animal Diversity Web
Alligator Quiz

Alligator Quiz

Get a terrible score in this alligator quiz and you'll still have fun, because many of the answers are so surprising. More...

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HowStuffWorks
American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

Saved from the brink of extinction, the American alligator now thrives in the southeastern U.S. Explore their size, weight, and life span. Even listen in — they sound like huge, rumbling stomachs. More...

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National Geographic
Chinese Alligator

Chinese Alligator

Much smaller than its American cousin, the Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) also has a tapered, slightly upturned snout and a "more robust head." More...

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Saint Louis Zoo
Fun Facts About Alligators

Fun Facts About Alligators

Explore the American alligator and the Chinese alligator, the "two true species" of the alligatoridae family. More...

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LiveScience
Living with Alligators

Living with Alligators

Here's how not to be like the Florida teacher who found herself in giant jaws. With more people near gators than ever, these are important tips. More...

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NATURE/PBS
The Differences Between Alligators & Crocodiles

The Differences Between Alligators & Crocodiles

Alligators and crocodiles are native to only one U.S. state. Caimans now also live there in the wild. Find out where and the details of how to tell these closely related species apart. More...

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The Gator Farm

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