Scientific name: Alligator mississippiensis

Family name: Alligatoridae

Classification: Reptilia

Group Name: Congregation or a pod when young

IUCN status: Least concern

Lifespan: 35-80 years

Weight: 91 – 227kg

Body length: 2.6 -3.4 meters

Top speed: 14mph

Diet: Carnivore: Fish, birds, mammals, other reptiles, molluscs and insects. However, despite being carnivores, these alligators feed upon not only meat, but also fruits.

Habitat:  Freshwater ponds: rivers, swamps, saturated areas.

Range: Southern states of the USA