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Alligator (Alligator), Either of two long snouted, crocodilian reptiles usually placed with the South African caimans in the family Alligatoridae. Alligators and crocodilians, are large, lizard-like animals with powerful tails that are both used in defense and in swimming. Their eyes, ears, amd nostrils are placed on top of the long head and project slightly above the water when the reptiles float to the surface of the water, as they often do. Alligators differ from crocodiles in having broader snouts; in crocodiles, moreover, the fourth tooth in each side if the lower jaw projects outside the snout when the mouth is closed. Alligators are carnivorous and live alongedges of relatively large bodies of water such as lakes, swamps, and rivers. They dig burrows in which they escape from danger and in which they hibernate during the cold weather.
The Mississippi, or American, alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), the larger of the two species, is found in the southeastern United States.
What is a Reptile?
Reptiles are an animal class of air breathing vertebrates that have scaley bodies and internal fertilization. They fall within an intermediate position of evolutionary development between the
. The living lineage of this animal class (Reptilia) includes the Turtles, Crocodiles, Snakes, Lizards, and Tuatra. The extinct reptiles include the
, Ichthyosaurs, and Pterosaurs.
Reptiles are Cold Blooded and have skin that is usually dry with few if any glands. They have four limbs protruding from the side, except for the Snakes. Though they are most abundant in the tropics, they can be found in all the warm and temperate regions. They span a variety of lengths from 34 millimeters (Gecko) to 9 meters (Anaconda Snake). The largest Turtle (Leatherback) weighs around 680 kilograms.
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