Latest Alligator Stories

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.

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.

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...

2009-02-08 16:20:00

Ten men, one as old as 58, spent their weekend wrestling big alligators in Florida, organizers of the first major gator wrestling contest in decades said.

2009-02-06 14:15:50

Officials with Oklahoma's G.W.

2008-12-31 18:53:57

Australian wildlife officials said an American alligator found at a campsite in Pambula was likely a former pet. The National Parks and Wildlife Service said the 5-foot-long alligator, which was caught by vacationing snake handler Hans Rasker, was likely an exotic pet that either escaped or was released into the wild, the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

2008-12-11 14:31:06

It was apparently the chicken's day off as a 5-foot alligator was spotted crossing a downtown Orlando, Fla., road, witnesses said. Passersby said the reptile was first spotted motionless on the median of Primrose Drive near the city's downtown and began crossing the road as the crowd of onlookers grew, WFTV, Orlando, reported Thursday. Not something you expect to see in downtown Orlando for sure, one witness said. An off-duty police officer with alligator trapping experience was called to the...

2008-09-18 09:00:24

Florida alligators, declared an endangered species in 1967, were reopened for a limited public harvest in 1988. The harvest has been conducted annually since then under varying rules.

2008-09-15 03:00:00

By Anonymous Louisiana's wildlife is feeling the effects of Hurricane Gustav.

2008-08-29 21:00:00

The flooding that followed Tropical Storm Fay in Florida has driven animals from their homes, forcing humans to cope with alligators, snakes and fire ants.

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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