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The American alligator is found in the southeastern U. S. from North Carolina to Florida and westward to Texas and Oklahoma. It occurs in most freshwater habitats and occasionally will enter brackish water around mangrove swamps. Adult males can grow to 14 feet in length while females reach about 10 feet. Both sexes can live 30 – 40 years in the wild.
The female American alligator builds a nest of mud, sticks and leaves above the high water level and lays 20 – 50 eggs in it. She guards the nest for about nine weeks until the young hatch and then she carries them down to the water in her mouth in small groups. She continues to guard her young for another 12 months.
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