Alligator

October 31, 2021

The American alligator comes from the Alligatoridae family. The current two existing species in the U.S. are primarily the American alligator (A. Mississippiensis) and the Chinese alligator (A. Sinensis).

Some Fascinating Facts About The American Alligator

  • Alligator origins date to the Oligocene era, making this species approximately 37 million years old.
  • The word “alligator” comes from the English interpretation of the Spanish word “el lagarto,” meaning a lizard. The first English spelling of the alligator included “alagarta” and “alagarto” before transforming into its current form.
  • The average weight of an adult American alligator is 790 pounds (360 kilograms).
  • The average length of the adult American alligator is 13 feet to 14 feet (about four meters).
  • An average American alligator weighs around 990 pounds (450 kilograms).
  • The largest American alligator ever discovered in the U.S. was in Louisiana. This alligator was 19.2 feet (84 meters) long.
  • Chinese alligators are smaller than American ones. The Chinese alligator is about 7 feet (2.1 meters).
  • Male Chinese alligators typically weigh less than 100 pounds (45 kilograms).
  • Unsurprisingly, there is no record of the average lifespan of the alligator. However, a history of one does exist in the form of Saturn. Saturn was an American alligator born in Mississippi in 1936, was transported to Germany, where it lived for ten years before being sent to the Moscow Zoo. Saturn lived to the age of 84 before dying on May 22, 2020.

The alligator species only lives in Mexico, China, and the United States.

10 Comments

  1. P M

    Guys, doesn’t anyone edit or fact check? What’s the average weight now??? Length of an alligator 84 Meters? Don’t forget the dot between 8 and 4… learn the metric system! And this is not the first and only screw up in your publications!

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  2. Doug

    You need to have a fact checker check your facts!
    1. What is it 790lbs or 990lbs for an American alligator?
    2. 19.2 feet is not 84 meters!

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  3. Billie Gail Shapiro

    I love alligators they are truly amazing and awesome creatures I really love them and appreciate them they truly truly educated and we can really learn from them and all of our wildlife.

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  4. Wayne

    How many mistakes can you find in the following portion of this post:

    The average weight of an adult American alligator is 790 pounds (360 kilograms).
    The average length of the adult American alligator is 13 feet to 14 feet (about four meters).
    An average American alligator weighs around 990 pounds (450 kilograms).
    The largest American alligator ever discovered in the U.S. was in Louisiana. This alligator was 19.2 feet (84 meters) long.

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  5. Crocodile Dundee

    You are out of your mind. All Alligator should be shot an eaten or made into luggage or boots.
    They are vicious predators and would eat you in a New York second!
    Apparently you don’t live in the south or near any real alligators.

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  6. E

    Wherever they are I hope they stay there.

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  7. Dan Johnson

    I wish they wouldn’t allow hunting of these beautiful creatures. Man always has to kill animals for his pleasure. Not only alligators but they also kill many of the other animals of the world.

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  8. Ed Y

    The “Creature from the Black Lagoon” is my memory of the alligator Although the creature from the Nlack Lagoon I always thought of it as the humanized version of the alligator It is sneaky quiet and preys upon its catch before and at very right moment catches it prey Not sure but I think I doesn’t matter if the prey is alive or not before it swallows it whole It’s the scariest animal in the swamps

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  9. Argelia

    I believe all living creatures deserve to live no matter how agressive or poisonous they could be. Humans have to adapt to the conditions and provide the animals a secure environment where they can freely live.

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  10. Ron Nily

    Have to say someone , should proof read what you write!

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