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Alligator mississippiensis

The American alligator, growing to over 3 metres in length, is the largest reptile in North America. They live in swamps, rivers, marshes, and lakes, and as adults, feed on fish, turtles, and even small mammals. They swallow prey whole and then digest it.

During the day they spend long periods of time basking to thermoregulate.

200 Kg



9 – 10 weeks

Interesting facts about alligators

The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America.

They can live up to 50 years.

Alligators’ tails are about half the length of their bodies.

Younger specimens feed on larvae, spiders, worms, and snails.

How we help the conservation of alligators and other reptiles

As an animal embassy, Loro Parque works to raise awareness of the species living in the park. Learning first-hand about these animals allows us to highlight the importance of biological diversity, and to encourage our visitors to promote initiatives to control climate change and protect wild habitats.