The largest alligator ever reported in America was alleged to be 19.8 feet long. Alligators typically grow to between 10 and 15 feet in length.
American alligators live almost exclusively in freshwater lakes, marshes, rivers and swamps in the southeastern United States. The heaviest population concentrations are in Florida and Louisiana.
Although they are ungainly on land, American alligators are extremely well adapted swimmers. Male alligators average to be 10 to 15 feet long and can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. Female alligators grow to about 9.8 feet in length.
Adult alligators are apex predators, meaning that they are at the top of the food chain. They mainly eat fish, snakes and small mammals.Learn More
The longest alligator was 19 feet and the weight was not recorded; the record is located in Louisiana.The Huffington Post announced an Arkansas record of 14 feet and 1,100 pounds in 2013. By length the biggest alligator is 19 feet, but by recorded weight the Arkansas alligator is the largest.Full Answer >
As of 2015, the largest alligator on record is 741 pounds. It was caught in 2013 in Mississippi during an annual hunting tournament.Full Answer >
Of the many giant crocodiles and alligators that lived in prehistoric times, the largest may have been Sarcosuchus, a distant relative of the modern crocodile that lived 112 million years ago. While a complete skeleton does not exist, estimates based on intact Sarcosuchus skulls suggest that individuals may have grown as long as 36 to 39 feet in total length and weighed as much as 18,000 pounds.Full Answer >
An alligator can run at a speed of 11 miles per hour for short distances. In water, alligators can swim at a speed of about 20 miles per hour.Full Answer >