The American alligator is a large crocodilian reptile native to the Southeastern United States, from southern Texas to South Carolina. It inhabit swamps, streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes, and will modify wetland habitats, most dramatically in flat areas such as the Everglades, by constructing small ponds known as alligator holes. These holes play an important role in wetland ecosystems by providing both wet and dry habitats for other organisms.
Adult male American alligators measure 11 to 15 feet in length, and can weigh up to 1,230 pounds, with females being smaller.
When on land, an American alligator moves either by sprawling or walking, the latter involving the reptile lifting its belly off the ground.
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