Location: Southeastern United States from Texas to North Carolina.
Habitat: They prefer fresh water and are common in lakes, swamps, rivers, bayous and marshes.
Life Span: 30 to 50 years but some alligators have lived over 80 years.
Size: The longest alligator recorded reached a length of 17ft. 5in in Florida and the heaviest ever recorded weighed in a 1,380 pounds in Arkansas. Female alligators rarely exceed 10 feet in length
Diet: Alligators are carnivorous and will eat anything they can catch including fish, turtles, lizards, snakes small mammals, water birds and even other alligators. Juvenile alligators eat primarily insects, amphibians, small fish and invertebrates.