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Alligators. Meghan Burton. Some Quick Facts. There were alligators living on the Earth 270 million years ago In 1967 they were put on the endangered species list, but recently in 1987 they were taken off the list because of their growing population

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alligators

Alligators

Meghan Burton

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Some Quick Facts
  • There were alligators living on the Earth 270 million years ago
  • In 1967 they were put on the endangered species list, but recently in 1987 they were taken off the list because of their growing population
  • In the wild they can live to be between 35 to 50 years old, in a zoo they can live to be 60 to 80 years old
  • You can tell the difference between alligators and crocodiles by the shape of their heads
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Where do they Live?
  • North American Alligators live in southern United States
  • States like Florida, Texas and Louisiana, but mostly in Florida
  • They are usually found in fresh water (that means no salt, so they stay away from the oceans.
  • Alligators are mostly found in rivers,
  • lakes, streams and swamps
  • There is also a different kind of
  • alligator that can be found in China
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What do they eat?
  • Alligators hunt from under the water so they wait for something to come close to the surface to catch
  • Mainly they eat small lizards, birds, fish and snakes
  • But they will eat almost anything that come there way, they’ll even eat other small alligators if they are hungry enough
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What do they look like?
  • They are darker in color, almost black, that’s how you know its not an crocodile
  • They grow to be about 13 feet in length, but some can grow to be 18 feet long that’s huge
  • An alligators tails is half of the alligators complete length. That means that if an alligator is 16 feet long altogether, its tail is 8 feet of its total length
  • Alligators can also weigh from 450 to 600 pounds
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Here are more websites

about alligators

Living with Alligators

www.tpwd.state.tx.us/expltx/eft/bbsp/alligators.htm

All About Alligators- Enchanted Learning Software

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Try this worksheet to see

what you learned

alligatorsworksheet.pdf

Be sure to check your answers with the link below

Alligator worksheet answers