American alligators are only found in the Southeastern United
States. They live in wetlands, and their diet consists of fish and
birds as well as small mammals and amphibians. Adult alligators may
even eat sheep and cattle. The American alligator grows up to about
14 feet long; it has a powerful tail which can be used for defense.
Alligators generally move slowly on land, but move quickly in the
water. Gator holes, depressions in the marsh, made by these
reptiles are valuable for holding water during dry periods after the rainy
season. These holes provide water for turtles, fish, birds, and
other animals as well as alligators.