Where to See Alligators in the Wild

Have you ever wanted to know where to see Alligators in the wild? The word “alligator” comes from the Spanish word “el lagarto,” which means “the lizard.” Alligators have been living on Earth for millions of years and are sometimes described as ‘living fossils’.

Types of Alligators; Lower classifications

American Alligators

The American alligator, sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator or common alligator, is a large crocodilian reptile native to the Southeastern United States, with a small population in Mexico.

Chinese Alligators

The Chinese alligator, also known as the Yangtze alligator, China alligator, or historically the muddy dragon, is a crocodilian endemic to China.  It and the American alligator are the only living species in the genus Alligator.


Adult alligators are apex predators critical to the biodiversity of their habitat. They prefer fresh water lakes and slow-moving rivers and their associated wetlands, but they also can be found in brackish water habitats.


The adult alligator feeds mainly on fishes, small mammals, and birds but may sometimes take prey as large as deer or cattle.


Large male alligators are solitary territorial animals. Smaller alligators can often be found in large numbers close to each other.


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