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American Alligator

alligator 1American alligators come from the south eastern part of the United States, including Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. They have a very broad head and rounded snout, where crocodiles will have a narrow head with a pointed snout. Alligators and crocodiles both have a blind spot right in front of their nose where they cannot see.

An alligator’s body is made mainly for the water, however, they can still move very quickly on land. In fact, they can run about 35 miles per hour but only for a short distance. Alligators can get up to 23 feet long and close their jaws at 2000 pounds of pressure per square inch.

Females will lay their eggs in a mound of rotting plants and mud and allow the sun and rotting vegetation to incubate the eggs. The heat in the nest will determine the sex of the baby alligators. If the eggs are kept at 89 degrees or lower, they will all hatch out as females. If they are kept at 91 degrees or higher, they will all hatch out as males. Any eggs kept at 90 degrees will be some male and some female.