American Alligator

American Alligator

American Alligator

Scientific Name

Alligator mississippiensis


From Texas to Florida, up to North Carolina


Marshes, swamps, wetlands, fresh bodies of water

What do they eat?

Birds, turtles, insects


Least Concern

Conservation Threats

The alligator population is stable at more than a million individuals in Florida. USFWS monitors the trafficking of alligators in the pet trade, and also regulates hunting practices that take place through a lottery system.  Alligators were almost hunted to extinction in the 1960’s. Alligators were protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1973, and through conservation efforts, were removed from the list in 1987.

Fun Facts
  • Naples Zoo has 13 alligators in our Alligator Bay.
  • They are the official state reptile of Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
  • Females on average are 6-8 feet long, and males average 10-12 feet.


Virtual Meet the Keeper Talk

Buy Tickets