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Facts About American Alligators

by Molly Lambert

Pages 4 and 5 of 12

Facts about American Alligators
American Alligators live across the southern United States.
The American Alligator can grow up to 11.2 feet long and weigh up to 1,000 pounds.
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Alligators live in rivers, ponds, lakes, or swamps.
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Alligators are social and often gather in groups.
Alligators are a cold-blooded reptile. On sunny days, they use the sun to warm up or enter the water to cool down.
Alligators can swim very quickly using their tails. They can swim up to 20 mile per hour and run up to 11 miles per hour on land.
Alligators eat fish, mollusks, birds, small mammals and other reptiles.
Female alligators guard their nests of eggs and will attack anything that comes near it.
Alligators' rough skin makes them look like floating logs, which helps when stalking prey.
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