The Gator Hole
The Alligator mississippiensis, or American alligator,
is a large reptile native to only the Southeastern United States. The
alligator is a threatened species in the United States. The
interesting thing about it is that its not on the threatened list because of
the number of individuals in the population. There are estimated to be
around 1,000,000 of them in the wild. They are threatened because of
the similarities between them and the crocodile. The crocodile is an
endangered species so they are trying to protect the crocodile because
people mistake the two quite often. Alligators have a shorter and more
broad snout than the crocodile. Gators also have a lighter skin color
under their body than crocs. Gators grow on average to between 13-15
feet long and weighing sometimes over 1000 pounds! It is said that the
largest gator ever caught was over 19 feet long (this is untypical)!
Many people do not understand the alligator and sometimes mix the myths in
with the true facts. To learn the true facts just read on!