Please note: Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on August 23, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.


American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis

Alligator Gallery

About the American Alligator


Geographic Range:


Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodylia
Family: Alligatoridae
Genus: Alligator
Species: mississippiensis

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.