American Alligator

Largest Reptile

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Most adult male aligators are about 11 feet long and weigh 450 to 600 pounds.  The largest gator on record, however, measured more than 19 feet in length.  Alligators are found in swamps, marshes, rivers, and lakes from Texas to the Carolinas.

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Image courtesy of Holly Chorba, GVCC.  The “Gator” photos were taken in October 2012 along the La Chua Trail in Gainesville, Florida. The trail is part of Paines Prairie Preserve, and a wonderful place to be in the city yet surrounded by nature. Just watch your step!

 

http://www.nps.gov/ever/naturescience/alligator.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Alligator

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