A tiny portion of a protected reserve along the lower Yangtze River in China is the only place where Chinese alligators, an exceptionally uncommon species, can be found. The species lives in wetlands, swamps, and slow-moving rivers. These enigmatic and little-known crocodilians spend a lot of time in the water or subterranean burrows and hunt primarily at night.
Sadly, only about 100 of these special alligator are left in the wild, which is almost extinct. Due to habitat degradation, fragmentation, pollution, and hunting, the species has seen dramatic population losses and a sharp fall in its geographic distribution. Even though hunting pressure has significantly decreased, habitat degradation still needs to be addressed.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No