The Life of Animals | Alligator | The alligator is notorious for its bone-crushing bites.  A large adult American alligator's weight and length is 800 pounds (360 kg) and 13 feet (4.0 m) long but can grow to 14.5 feet (4.4 m) long and weigh over 1.000 pounds (450 kg). The Chinese alligator is Smaller, rarely Exceeding 7 feet (2.1 m) in length. Alligators have an average of 75 teeth There is no Measured average lifespan for an alligator.

American alligators are found in the Southeast United States: all of Florida and Louisiana, the southern parts of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, coastal South and North Carolina, Eastern Texas, the Southeast corner of Oklahoma and the southern tip of Arkansas. According to the 2005 Scholastic Book of World Records, Louisiana is the state with the largest alligator population. The majority of American alligators inhabit Florida and Louisiana, with over a million alligators in each state.

American alligators live in freshwater environments, Such as ponds, marshes, wetlands, rivers, lakes, and swamps, as well as Brackish environments of Southern Florida is the only place where alligators and Crocodiles Both live side by side. Miami MetroZoo in Florida also has a breeding pair of Chinese alligators.  Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park has successfully reproduced Chinese alligators and been Fortunate enough to release some of Their offspring back into the wild in China. Generally alligators mature at a length of 6 feet (1.8 m). In April and May, alligators form so-called "bellowing choruses".

The Bellows of male American alligators are accompanied by powerful blasts of infrasound produced by sacs in Their chins Another form of male display is a loud head-slap. Recently it was discovered on spring nights That alligators gather in large numbers for group courtship, the so-called "alligator dances In summer, the female builds a nest of vegetation where the decomposition of the vegetation provides the heat needed to incubate the eggs.  Females hatched from eggs incubated at 86 ° F (30 ° C) weigh significantly more than males hatched from eggs incubated at 93 ° F (34 ° C).  the largest threat to the young are adult alligators. Baby alligators have an egg tooth that helps get out of Them During Their egg Hatching time. There are two Kinds of white alligators, albino and leucistic. These alligators are extremely rare and Practically impossible to find in the wild.  Like other vertebrates albino, albino alligators have a non-functional alleles for a gene controlling one step in the melanin biosynthetic pathway.  In leucistic alligators, all skin pigments are absent, not just melanin.

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