Mark O'Shea's new softback edition
Venomous Snakes of the World. Also his Dangerous Snakes of Papua New Guinea stamp issue
and all his other books on the new 'O'Shea's Herp Shop'
DK Handbook to Reptiles and Amphibians. Visit the
'O'Shea's Herp Shop'
AMERICAN ALLIGATOR Alligator mississippiensis
One of only two true alligators (the other is in China) the American alligator is a widely distributed species - there are an estimated 4million in Florida. It feeds on anything entering the water ie.waterbirds, dogs, snakes, turtles, and has been responsible for about 10 human deaths since 1948. In recent years the attacks have increased as more and more people move into alligator territory and expect the gators to move out. Maximum length for males is 3.74-4.0m. Alligators have broad snouts that cover all the teeth of the lower jaw.
North America (endemic to southeastern USA: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, S.Carolina, N.Carolina, southern Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, southern Arkansas & Oklahoma, & eastern Texas).