Alligator mississippiensis

American Alligator
alligator
gator
Florida alligator
Mississippi alligator
Louisiana alligator
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Overview

The American alligator is a large, semi-aquatic, armored reptile that is related to crocodiles. Their body alone ranges from 6 - 14 feet long. Almost black in color, the it has prominent eyes and nostrils with coarse scales over the entire body. It has a large, long head with visible upper teeth along the edge of the jaws. Its front feet have 5 toes, while rear feet have 4 toes that are webbed.

Scientific Name

Alligator mississippiensis
Common Name
American Alligator
alligator
gator
Florida alligator
Mississippi alligator
Louisiana alligator
FWS Category
Reptiles
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