American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis

NATURAL HABITAT
The American alligator lives in swamps, lakes, marshes and slow-moving rivers. They usually live in freshwater but can live in salt water for a short time.

DIET
IN THE WILD – Opportunistic eaters, carnivorous
IN THE ZOO – Rodents

FASCINATING FACTS

  • Their strong bites can break turtle shells
  • Can live up to 50 years in the wild
  • Only 20 percent of newly hatched wild
    alligators survive until adulthood
  • Nest temperature affects whether an
    egg hatches a male or female
  • Visitors in 2017
    Visitors in 2017

    240,000

  • CAMPERS IN 2017
    CAMPERS IN 2017

    3000

  • CREATURES CARED FOR
    CREATURES CARED FOR

    400