Southern United States and Central America
Freshwater lakes, rivers, swamps and wetland areas
Males: 15 feet, 1000 pounds.
Females: 10 feet, 300 pounds.
Wild: 35 – 50 years
Captivity: 60 – 100 years
Wild Juvenile: small invertebrates such as insects, small fish, and frogs
Wild Adult: opportunistic feeders; anything within range, including carrion
Zoo: Juveniles eat mice, adults eat rats
- Mate in open water
- Males roar during mating season
- Females build nest in muddy vegetation
- Females lay 30 – 70 eggs one week after mating
- Eggs hatch after two months
- Females protect young for up to two years after hatching
- Females are very territorial
- Hunt prey from underwater
POINTS OF INTEREST
- Crocodilians traced back 230 million years
- Official state reptile of Florida
- Temperature of the nest determines the sex of the young
- Approximately 80 teeth that replace themselves. May have as many as 3,000 teeth in their lifetime.
- Construct burrows and hibernate during cooler months
- Do not feed during cooler months
Threatened: one of very few species taken off the endangered list
SPECIFIC TO WHITE ALLIGATOR
- Not all white alligators are albino. Albinos have red eyes. Other type has blue eyes.
- Ours, King Louie, is an albino
- Cannot survive in the wild due to lack of camouflage
- Considered a symbol of extraordinarily good luck by Eastern mythology