The American alligator is a large, primarily aquatic crocodilian with a large head and a large, powerful keeled tail.
Alligators have 80–100 teeth. When teeth wear down, new teeth grow in. An alligator may go through 2,000–3,000 teeth in a lifetime.
Young American alligators eat a wide variety of small mammals and invertebrates, transitioning to primarily fish and turtles as adults.
Alligators typically grow to a length of 6–16 feet, and males are usually larger than females.
Southeast United States, from Texas to North Carolina
The American alligator was once nearly extinct. In the 1970s, strict hunting regulations were put in place to protect the remaining alligators, and they are no longer endangered.
As young, they are preyed upon by large fish, birds, crocodiles, and even other alligators. As adults, they have no natural predators.
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