Latest Alligator Stories

2009-07-08 13:20:00

Police responding to a report of an alligator at a South Florida apartment complex found the 8-foot gator tied to a tree with an extension cord. The alligator was struggling, trying to escape, while an audience of about 30 people had gathered outside the River Oaks Apartments in Oakland Park to watch its thrashing, Mike Jachles, a spokesman for the Broward Sheriff's Office, told The Miami Herald. The alligator is believed to have crawled from a canal into the complex swimming pool. A trapper...

2009-06-23 16:40:00

Texas wildlife officials say there are six alligators living in the Rio Grande, east of Fort Hancock in Hudspeth County. There were approximately six alligators that were observed, three of them that were in the 2- to 4-foot range, and about three of them in the 5- to 6-foot range, Texas Game Warden Ray Spears told KFOX-TV, El Paso, Texas. Spears said the alligators are in a rural area, so they don't pose much danger to humans. He said it is believed they were dropped off in the area by...

2009-06-11 16:49:51

A wildlife expert said a 12-foot alligator that cleared a Dauphin Island, Ala., beach swam through the Gulf of Mexico to the island because he is blind. Wildlife Specialist Gary Casper said he was called by Marine Police after beachgoers spotted the reptile emerging from the water and vacated the beach, WALA-TV, Mobile, Ala., reported Thursday. It's a public safety hazard; a 12-foot alligator during tourist season on Dauphin Island on the beach when people are day and night swimming, Casper...

2009-05-27 16:10:57

In the 35 years of running a restaurant by a Florida swamp, the owner of Clark's Fish Camp says it has never been invaded by a live alligator, until now. Joan Peoples says that when workers prepared to reopen the restaurant, which had been closed due to unseasonable spring flooding from a nearby creek, workers found a 4-foot-long baby alligator hiding behind the commode in the men's bathroom, WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, Fla., reported Wednesday. I thought it was a fish or an eel or something, and...

2009-04-22 11:45:00

A 14-year-old boy in Akron, Ohio, says he caught an alligator while fishing at Summit Lake. The Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal said while Anthony Greer may have been fishing for more traditional aquatic fare at Summit Lake Sunday, the teen ended up with an alligator that measured more than four feet in length. The eighth-grader said he was forced to kill the reptile when it suddenly attacked him. ''His mouth opened up. He would have bit me,'' Greer told the Beacon Journal. ''I had to hit him (on...

2009-04-20 08:25:00

The population of China's rare and endangered Yangtze alligator is anticipated to double to 300 in the next five to 10 years. At present there are 120 alligators propagating in a larger region than there were only five years ago, Wang Chaolin of the Chinese Alligators Protection Nature Reserve stated to Xinhua news agency on Sunday. "We have for the first time found wild baby alligators. Normally their survival rate is only two percent," Wang said. "The finding of the infants indicates the...

2009-04-19 11:56:29

The number of wild Yangtze alligators could more than double during the next five to 10 years, an alligator expert in China said Sunday. Wang Chaolin, Chinese Alligators Protection Nature Reserve deputy director, said while only 120 specimens of the endangered alligator species exist, an apparent increase in their living and breeding territories could help increase their population to 300 within 10 years, China's state-run news agency, Xinhua, reported. Wang, whose wildlife reserve is located...

2009-04-17 09:55:00

During the last 540 million years, the earth's oxygen levels have fluctuated wildly. Knowing that the dinosaurs appeared around the time when oxygen levels were at their lowest at 12%, Tomasz Owerkowicz, Ruth Elsey and James Hicks wondered how these monsters coped at such low oxygen levels. But without a ready supply of dinosaurs to test their ideas on, Owerkowicz and Hicks turned to a modern relative: the alligator. 'We knew testing the effects of different oxygen levels would work with...

2009-03-23 16:08:17

Authorities in Connecticut said they discovered a 3 1/2-foot-long alligator in a marshy area near a sewer treatment plant along the Connecticut River. Police spokesman Sgt. Scott Custer said the 25-pound gator was found by officers Sunday in South Windsor after a local woman reported spotting an unusual animal in the area, the Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported Monday. Custer said the state Department of Environmental Protection captured the alligator and was expected to turn it over to the...

2009-02-18 15:00:45

Caretakers at a Florida park say they are unsure whether a resident female alligator is excited or threatened by the presence of a garbage truck. Sarasota Jungle Gardens keepers said Attitude, a 25-year-old American alligator, lets out a loud bellow whenever she hears a city garbage truck making its twice-weekly pickup at the park but caretakers are unsure whether Attitude is sounding a mating call or warning the truck to keep away as a potential rival, The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune reported...

Latest Alligator Reference Libraries

2007-03-19 15:25:21

The Northern Alligator Lizard, Elgaria coerulea, is a medium-sized lizard that lives in the North American west cost. It occurs along the Pacific Coast and in the Rocky Mountains from southern British Columbia through Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana south through Oregon until the coastal range and the Sierra Nevada in central California. These lizards can attain a length of about 10 inches long with nearly 4 inches of it being the snout. They have a distinct skin fold on...

2007-01-23 14:54:33

The American Alligator, Alligator Mississippians, is one of two species of living Alligator. It is native to the southeastern United States, where it inhabits wetlands that frequently overlap with human populated areas. It is larger than the other living species, the Chinese Alligator. The American Alligator has a large, slightly rounded body, with thick limbs, broad head, and a very powerful tail. The tail, which accounts for half of the alligator's total length, is primarily used for...

2007-01-23 14:47:34

The Chinese Alligator, Alligator sinensis, is one of two living species of Alligator. The Chinese Alligator is native to only China. This species' wild habitat has been reduced to little more than a few ponds along the lower Yangtze River system. Its population reduction has been mostly due to conversion of its habitat to agricultural use. The Chinese Alligator rarely exceeds 7 feet long, with 5 feet being a more common size. It weighs approximately 80 pounds. Their heads are...

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