Where do Alligators Live
There are only 2 species of alligator, and the 2 existing alligator species the american alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and the endangered chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis), can only be found in 2 countries in the world, the United States and China.
Where do american alligators live?
The american alligator is found throughout the subtropical southeast of the United Sates in all of Florida and Louisiana. In fact most of the american alligator found in the wild inhabit Florida and Louisiana, with over a million of them found in each state.
But the species is also found in the southern parts of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi states, and in the coastal regions of South and North Carolina in Southeastern Texas and in extreme southeastern Oklahoma and Arkansas.
The american Alligator lives in freshwater environments, like wetlands, rivers, ponds, marshes, lakes and swamps, but also can be found in brackish environments. The southern tip of Florida is the only place in the world where both alligators and crocodiles live side by side. Here we can find the american alligator and the american crocodile.
Where do chinese alligators live?
The Chinese alligator currently is found only in the Yangtze River valley region and is an extremely endangered species, with only a few dozens believed to be left in the wild.
As a matter of fact today far more chinese alligator live in zoos and reptile parks around the world than those that can be found in the wild. For instance the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in southern Louisiana has several chinese alligators in captivity in an attempt to preserve the species and the Miami-Dade County Zoo in Miami Florida has a breeding pair also.
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Did you know?
The saltwater crocodile is the largest reptile alive today.