American alligators live in the southeastern portion of the United States, with largest populations residing in Florida and Louisiana. The Chinese alligator is native to China.Continue Reading
Alligators split their time between sunbathing on land and hunting for prey in bodies of water. They create "gator holes" that are used for protection from the elements and hibernation. The alligators dig these holes using their snouts and tails.
Alligators tend to live near abundant food sources. Adult alligators consume snakes, fish, turtles, birds and small mammals. Alligators don't see humans as prey. They do have a natural fear of humans, and they will attack if threatened. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, it is rare for an alligator to chase a human.Learn more about Alligators
In rare cases, alligators will eat humans. They mostly eat fish, small mammals, turtles and snakes but will also eat dead animals and pets.Full Answer >
Sometimes referred to as "living fossils," alligators have existed for millions of years. Alligators are reptiles and can sometimes be confused with crocodiles, which are part of the same order, Crocodylia.Full Answer >
Baby alligators are referred to as hatchlings. Hatchlings typically vary between a length of about 6 to 8 inches. They differ in appearance from older alligators by having black and yellow stripes.Full Answer >
Adult alligators have few predators other than humans, but they sometimes kill and eat each other. However, young alligators less than 4 feet long are killed by birds, raccoons, bobcats, otters, snakes, large bass and other alligators. Raccoons are also known to eat alligator eggs.Full Answer >