Alligators Park

Scientific name :
Alligator mississippiensis
Class :
Order :
Crocodilia
Family :
Alligatoridae

New in 2017: Alligators Park 

 

Discover the Alligators, wild and frightening animals straight out of prehistoric times. Immerse yourself in the heart of the swamps with this new feature, the only one of its kind in Europe.

 

Alligators’ legs may be short but they can run at a gallop. Their forelegs have five toes while their hind legs have only four.

Their nostrils, located at the top of their snout, allow them to breathe while the rest of their body is completely submerged.

 

Distribution

Alligators are found in Florida, Virginia and Texas, as well as southern California.

 

Habitat

Alligators usually live in swamps, freshwater marshes, rivers and lakes, and sometimes in smaller bodies of water. They can tolerate slightly brackish water.

 

Behaviour

Young alligators generally remain close to the location where they were born. This social life ends once they reach adulthood, when they leave and take up a solitary existence. The mating season produces striking displays. Males place themselves on the surface of the water and create vibrations that cause ripples across the surface. It is usually a very impressive sight. This intimidation may be enough to ward off rivals, but sometimes violent clashes take place, which can even result in the death of the weaker animal.

Females: +/- 300 kg, 3.00 m
Males: +/- 500 kg, +/- 4.00 m
Turtles, small mammals, birds and reptiles
Longevity: +/- 80 years
Incubation: 65 days
Offspring: 30 to 50 eggs
European protection programme

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Conservation status

stable menacé très menacé

Image name
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