Alligators

There are two different types of alligators, the American alligator and the Chinese alligator; this article is about the American alligator. 

Alligators are fierce reptiles that live in parts of Georgia, South and North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and all of Florida and Louisiana. It’s not unheard of for people in Florida, especially near the Everglades or a canal, to find alligators in their backyards, pools, in the street, or at surrounding parks.

Some people have probably heard that if you come across an alligator that you run zig-zag, well that is true. Alligators have a hard time turning on land so if you do come across one just run zig-zag.

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Alligators eat many things such as fish, turtles, snakes, birds, deer, and sometimes smaller alligators. When eating, alligators lock their jaws onto their prey and then drown it. From there they do what is referred to as a “Death Roll” to rip their food apart. The reason for this is that alligators can’t chew their food, so they rip off chunks and eat it whole.

Here is a link to a video. Skip to around 1:17 if you want to see what an alligator death roll looks like.

Alligators can get huge; in fact the largest alligator ever recorded back in 2014 was 15 feet and 9 inches long and weighed 1,011.5 pounds, and was caught by the Stokes family.  An analysis of its leg bone determined

that  alligator was only 24–28 years old, which to me means it probably would have gotten bigger, seeing as alligators can live up to 50 years.

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