Scientific Name: Alligator mississippiensis
Habitat: Swamps and lakes of the southeastern United States
Food: Fish, frogs, snakes, water birds, mammals
Facts: The American alligator
population declined significantly in the last century
due to hunting and habitat destruction. Alligator hides were used extensively in making
shoes, purses, and wallets. In 1969, the alligator became a protected species.
The alligator's eyes, nostrils, and ears are on the top of its head.
This allows the
alligator to see, breathe, and hear while the rest of its body is completely under water.