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Alligators are known as living fossils because they have existed for roughly 200 million years, according to LiveScience. American alligators are heavily concentrated in the southeastern states, such as Florida and Missi... More »

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There are two alligator species: the Chinese alligator and the American alligator. Alligators generally do not attack humans, but they go on the offensive when threatened or protecting their eggs and young. More »

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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. More »

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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. More »

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Both alligators and crocodiles perform the maneuver known as the "death roll." These creatures carry out this spinning action when they are attempting to get control of their prey. More »

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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 d... More »

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American alligators are 8 to 12 inches long at birth and grow 2 to 12 inches per year depending upon the habitat, food source and sex of the alligator. The size and age of the alligator affect alligators' growth as well,... More »

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