These very large crocodillians differ from true crocodiles in that their heads are broader and shorter and their snouts more blunt. Specimens have been recorded in excess of 19 feet but these are very rare. American Alligators were once on the Endangered Species List but have now recovered sufficiently to be taken off. It is still illegal to hunt them and items made from their hides are not allowed for sale in the United States. Female alligators lay a clutch of 60-80 eggs. Of that number, maybe 10 will live through infancy. Range: Southern United States.......Hattiesburg Zoo

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