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How long was the largest alligator ever caught in Florida?

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The largest alligator ever caught in Florida was 17 feet 5 inches. The largest alligator ever reported was found in Louisiana, and it measured 19 feet 3 inches.

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Adult alligators usually measure between 13 and 15 feet in length, and they weigh between 500 and 1,000 pounds. Alligators reach maturity when they have grown to a length of 6 to 8 feet, usually between the ages of 8 and 13 years. They continue to grow throughout their lives and can live up to 30 years of age in the wild or as long as 50 years in captivity. However, their rate of growth slows with age.

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    What is the largest alligator ever killed in Louisiana?

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    The largest alligator ever killed in Louisiana was approximately 14 feet and 8 inches long with a weight of 880 pounds. The alligator was caught by four hunters, Jarrett Janus, Justin Wells, Ryan Haltom and Tommy Brass, in Chalk Creek.

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    How big is the world's largest alligator on record?

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    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.

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    How many alligators live in Florida?

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    Around 1.25 million alligators live in Florida, which is equal to a little more than 20 percent of the entire American alligator population in the United States. Alligators living in Florida are found in freshwater environments like rivers, ponds, swamps, wetlands and marshes.

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    Is an alligator a mammal?

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    Alligators are not mammals, they are reptiles. Alligators do not have hair or fur like mammals, but are instead covered in scales, nor do they nurse their young with milk. Additionally alligators are cold-blooded, rather than warm-blooded like mammals.

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