About the American Alligator
American alligators have long "armored" bodies, short legs, and they use their long, flat tails to propel them through the water. They're found in freshwater swamps, marshes, lakes and rivers. Is it a gator or a croc? It's all in the teeth! When their mouthes are closed, you can see the crocodile's fourth tooth on its lower jaw. You won't see this tooth on an alligator.
You Can Find This Animal in the Alfred Huang North American Crane Exhibit
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Alligators dig out "gator holes," deeper sections of marshes and shallow rivers that collect water even during dry seasons. These water filled depressions help other animals survive during drier times of the year.