Alligator – Alligators
American alligator is doing well, but will I see you later, Chinese alligator?
This genus is a group of crocodilian reptiles native to the United States of America, Mexico, and China. They are not to be confused with crocodiles, though – these are two entirely different families.
They are primarily found in freshwater environments, such as rivers, lakes, swamps, and wetlands, but are sometimes present in brackish waters. The main targets of prey include fish, mammals, turtles, crustaceans, and birds.
During the breeding season, the females construct a mound nest out of vegetation, sticks, and mud on the banks of water bodies. The females lay their eggs there and incubate them. The temperature of the nest determines the ratio of female-to-male offspring.
Species in this genus
One of the only two living alligator species is it in a grave danger
A conservation success story, this species was brought back from the brink of extinction