The american alligator is federally protected by the endangered species act as a threatened species, due to their similarity of appearance to the american crocodile, and as a federally-designated threatened species by florida’s endangered and threatened species rule. The american alligator (alligator mississippiensis) ranges throughout the southeastern united states, and alligators within everglades national park exist at the southern extreme of their range alligators primarily inhabit freshwater swamps and marshes and can also be found in rivers, lakes, and. The american alligator (alligator mississippiensis), sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator or common alligator, is a large crocodilian reptile endemic to the southeastern united states it is one of two living species in the genus alligator within the family alligatoridae it is larger. The middle miocene species alligator mefferdi came out as the closest relative of alligator mississippiensis alligator mefferdi has a shorter, blunter snout and a somewhat greater degree of cranial ornamentation around the orbits than most modern and pleistocene alligator mississippiensis.
The american alligator is an important keystone species of the southeast alligators use their tails to dig burrows in mud for nesting and to keep warm when an alligator abandons a burrow, the hole left behind fills with freshwater and is utilized by other species for breeding and drinking. Alligator: alligator mississippiensis appearance: the american alligator is a large aquatic reptile and is one of two crocodilians native to florida alligators can be distinguished from the american crocodile by head shape and color. American alligator alligator mississippiensis a member of the crocodile family, the american alligator is a living fossil from the age of reptiles, having species act of 1973, the alligator was listed as endangered, meaning it was considered in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion.
American alligator (alligator mississippiensis) with their dark bodies, they can be hard to see in the water, especially since while resting, typically only their nose and eyes may be above water people often say an alligator resembles a log. (alligator mississippiensis) status: species of special concern range: southeastern us from se north carolina south to the florida keys and west to south texas. An alligator can weigh as much as half a ton (1,000 pounds), but an average male weighs between 500 and 600 pounds (227 to 272 kilograms) females are usually smaller than males as big and ferocious as the female alligator may look, she is a gentle mother. Large streams, canals, ponds, lakes, swamp forests, fresh and brackish water marshes and tidal estuarine creeks are habitats for the alligator (palmer and braswell 1995) although it is primarily a freshwater species, the alligator is occasionally encountered in estuarine or saltwater habitats (bartlett and bartlett 1999. Alligator hunting regulation overview january 2012 office of wildlife 1 introduction the louisiana department of wildlife and fisheries (ldwf) manages the american alligator (alligator mississippiensis) as a commercial, renewable natural resource ldwf’s sustained use the other species of fish and wildlife associated with alligators.
Cites is an international agreement between governments, aimed to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. There are two known living species in the alligator genus, the american alligator (alligator mississippiensis) and the chinese alligator (alligator sinensis) there is a large number of extinct species in the alligatoridae family, but more specifically, the alligator genus has four known extinct species. Species was formerly listed as endangered, both on the federal and state lists natureserve (2013) identifies the american alligator as secure both statewide (s5) and globally (g5. Genus: alligator species: mississippiensis back to of the 23 species of crocodilians living in the world, only two are true alligators: the american alligator and the critically endangered, hinese alligator the american alligator’s scientific name, alligator mississippiensis, is. The american alligator is a rare success story of an endangered animal not only saved from extinction but now thriving state and federal protections, habitat preservation efforts, and reduced.
Species significance in south carolina, the harvest of american alligators for both food and leather remained unregulated until the 1950s in 1955, alligators benefited from a law, originally intended to protect deer, that banned night shooting. An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus alligator of the family alligatoridae the two living species are the american alligator ( a mississippiensis ) and the chinese alligator ( a sinensis . Which one is the alligator, and which is the crocodile the animal on the left is an american alligator (alligator mississippiensis), and the animal on the right is a cuban crocodile (crocodylus rhombifer)in this case, the snout shape criterion works - the alligator does, indeed, have a broader, blunter snout. American alligator - alligator mississippiensis the colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species (source: jeff boundy, la dept of wildlife and fisheries. The us fws's threatened & endangered species system track information about listed species in the united states usfws species profile for the american alligator (alligator mississippiensis) including information about species listing status, federal register publications, recovery, critical habitat, conservation planning, petitions, and.
The american alligator is one of the largest north american reptiles this species is native to the south-east united states, where it inhabits wetlands on the atlantic coast from north carolina to florida, and in the northern gulf of mexico west to texas (scott 2004. The chinese alligator is critically endangered, according to the international union for conservation of nature's red list of threatened species this category lists species at the highest risk. Description: american alligators (alligator mississippiensis) inhabit the southeastern united statesonce a federally listed endangered species, american alligators have recovered and are common in many areas of the southeast the species is still federally listed as threatened because it looks like the american crocodile, which is endangered. Species alligator mississippiensis alligator, gator, american alligator, florida alligator, mississippi alligator, louisiana alligator alligator mississippiensis: information (1) alligator mississippiensis: pictures (28) species alligator sinensis chinese alligator, t'o, yow lung, yangtze alligator.
Executive summary the 2012 coastal master plan utilized habitat suitability indices (hsis) to evaluate potential 10 species profile the american alligator (alligator mississippiensis) is the iconic large predator of the swamps, ≤ 10 alligator mississippiensis) ().