What are Some Interesting Facts About Alligators?

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Photo: Marc Barrison / Flickr

Interesting facts about alligators include:

  • Alligators are carnivorous reptiles who live in and near freshwater lakes, swamps and marshes of southeastern United States and China.
  • The American alligator is most abundantly found in Louisiana and Florida, with more than one million found in each state.
  • A fully grown American alligator weights about 800 lbs. and is 13 feet long on average.
  • The Chinese alligator is half that size with only about one dozen found in the wild along the Yangtze River.

  • Alligators are apex predators and have no natural enemies in the wild.
  • They eat fish, snails, turtles and any small mammals that reside in their habitat.
  • A juvenile alligator grows an 1 inch per year until fully grown at about 6 years old.