10 Amazing Animal Facts (Alligator)

An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The two living species are the American alligator and the Chinese alligator. In addition, several extinct species of alligator are known from fossil remains.

Fast Facts about Alligator

1. Alligators are reptiles.

2. Alligators can weigh over 450 kg (1000 lb).

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3. Nearly all alligators become sexually mature by the time they reach approximately 7 feet in length although females can reach maturity at 6 feet. A female may require 10-15 years and a male 8-12 years to reach these lengths.

4. Alligator eggs become male or female depending on the temperature, male in warmer temperatures and female in cooler temperatures.

5. Like crocodiles, alligators are part of the order ‘Crocodylia’.

6. Crocodilians (which includes alligators) and dinosaurs evolved from a common ancestor that existed subsequent to the common ancestor that they share with other reptiles.

7. An alligator is distinguished by its wide, rounded snout and black colour. Also, all of its upper teeth can still be seen when its mouth is closed.

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8. Alligators don’t typically travel in packs.  Highly territorial, they prefer to travel and wander alone. When adult alligators do gather together at a sunny spot, the group is referred to as a “congregation.”

9. Alligators are carnivores, and their typical diet is comprised of fish, mollusks, birds, small mammals and smaller reptiles. The alligator diet can include fruit and plants, if available.

10. The alligator can live up to 30-50 years.

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