What Is the State Reptile of Mississippi?


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According to State Symbols USA, the state reptile of Mississippi is the American alligator. The American alligator, or Alligator mississippiensis, has been the state reptile since 2005.

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A typical American alligator can grow 13 to 14 feet long. American alligators were once on the endangered species list, but as of 2014, they are listed as threatened due to new regulations in hunting. American alligators can weigh over 600 pounds. While young, they sometimes have yellow and black bands that serve as camouflage. American alligators can be long and thin or short and stocky. They are virtually unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs.

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