An alligator can run at a speed of 11 miles per hour for short distances. In water, alligators can swim at a speed of about 20 miles per hour.Continue Reading
Alligators are fairly sluggish on land as their bodies drag on or close to the ground, their legs are short, and they have to drag their tails. Muddy terrain increases the speed at which an alligator can run on land as the alligator can slide its stomach more easily along the mud.
Alligators are strong swimmers. They bend back their legs to streamline their bodies and glide more easily through the water, propelled by their long tails.Learn more about Alligators
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Of the many giant crocodiles and alligators that lived in prehistoric times, the largest may have been Sarcosuchus, a distant relative of the modern crocodile that lived 112 million years ago. While a complete skeleton does not exist, estimates based on intact Sarcosuchus skulls suggest that individuals may have grown as long as 36 to 39 feet in total length and weighed as much as 18,000 pounds.Full Answer >
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