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#5015 American Alligators - Zoo Leipzig (Germany)

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American Alligators at Zoo Leipzig, also known as "Leipzig Zoological Garden" (Germany)

The American Alligator, sometimes referred to colloquially as a Gator or Common Alligator, is a large crocodilian reptile endemic to the southeastern United States. The American Alligator inhabits freshwater wetlands, such as marshes and cypress swamps from Texas to North Carolina. It is distinguished from the sympatric American Crocodile by its broader snout, with overlapping jaws and darker colouration, and is less tolerant of saltwater but more tolerant of cooler climates than the American Crocodile, which is found only in tropical climates. American Alligators are capable of killing humans but fatal attacks are fairly rare. The life expectancy of these alligators is more than 50 years (85 years has even been ecorded).

Matthijs van Wageningen
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Sunday 28 May 2017
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