Facts About Alligator
Only 1/8 pound and 9 1/2" long at birth, an alligator grows about 8-10 inches a year to an average of 6-12 feet.
Female alligators rarely exceed 10 feet in length, but males can grow much larger. The Florida state record for length is a 14 foot 3-1/2 inch male from Lake Washington in Brevard County.
The Florida record for weight is a 1,043 pound (13 feet 10-1/2 inches long) male from Orange Lake in Alachua County.
The unofficial Florida record is 17'5" (Lake Apopka 1956).
The world record is 19'2" (Louisiana).
Ponds, swamps, rivers, freshwater and brakish marshes, mangroves, canals.
Sometimes will enter salt water.
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Last Updated: Sep 19, 2016