Did you know that early Spanish explorers called alligators “the lizard?” These large and intimidating animals must have been quite a site to see for the first time!
An American alligator can weigh up to 1000 pounds and be over 10 feet long! Add to that their armoured appearance and speed and you have yourself an impressive animal!
The typical alligator weighs between 700 and 800 pounds and reaches about 13 feet in length. They live in fresh water wetlands from Texas through North Carolina. They eat fish, birds, small mammals and reptiles. Baby alligators are called hatchlings and their mothers protect them for about the first year.
Alligators are fairly opportunistic predators, eating all sorts of mammals and fish as the come available. They are also known to be one of the most vocal reptiles. They make noises to signal distress, threaten, to mark their territory and locate mates. Young alligators will also call for their mother if they feel threatened!