Wetland and Aquatic Research Center


Our USGS centers in Louisiana and Florida are no strangers to the American Alligator; these carnivorous reptiles call the southeastern United States home. Found almost exclusively in freshwater wetlands, lakes, and rivers, alligators can live to be 50 years old in the wild, and can grow as long as 10 feet (females) to 15 feet (males). Often confused with crocodiles, alligators can be distinguished by their broader, U-shaped snout, the placement of their teeth, and their preference for freshwater.
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Date published: May 10, 2018
Status: Active

Joint Ecosystem Modeling: Alligator Production Probability Model

Because the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is a keystone species of the Everglades ecosystem, managers need a way to quantitatively assess the effects of alternative restoration scenarios on alligators.

Date published: February 26, 2016
Status: Active

Spatial Ecology of the American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) and American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) in the Greater Everglades

Satellite/GPS tags help USGS researchers understand the movements of American Alligators and American Crocodiles in the Greater Everglades.