Q:

Where do alligators live?

A:

Quick Answer

American alligators live in the southeastern portion of the United States, with largest populations residing in Florida and Louisiana. The Chinese alligator is native to China.

Know More
Where do alligators live?
Credit: Chris Mellor Lonely Planet Images Getty Images

Full Answer

Alligators split their time between sunbathing on land and hunting for prey in bodies of water. They create "gator holes" that are used for protection from the elements and hibernation. The alligators dig these holes using their snouts and tails.

Alligators tend to live near abundant food sources. Adult alligators consume snakes, fish, turtles, birds and small mammals. Alligators don't see humans as prey. They do have a natural fear of humans, and they will attack if threatened. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, it is rare for an alligator to chase a human.

Learn More

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are some facts that are all about alligators?

    A:

    There are two alligator species: the Chinese alligator and the American alligator. Alligators generally do not attack humans, but they go on the offensive when threatened or protecting their eggs and young.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Do alligators have tongues?

    A:

    There are two species of alligator in the world: the Chinese alligator and the American alligator. Both species have movable tongues attached to the lower jaw. This is one feature that distinguishes an alligator from a crocodile, as a crocodile has an immovable tongue on the roof of its mouth.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who are alligators scared of?

    A:

    Alligators are apex predators and fear no other animal within their ecosystem, although they are known to be timid around humans. This fear is beneficial for both species and is one reason why humans should not feed alligators, as they may begin to associate humans with food.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do alligators breathe underwater?

    A:

    Alligators actually don't breathe underwater. Though they can stay submerged for long periods of time, they must eventually surface to breathe through the nostrils on their long snouts.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore