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American Alligator


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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.

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