Largest American Alligator Satellite Telemetry-Tracking Study

American Alligator

Detailed Description

South Carolina alligators occupy a patchwork of diverse habitats, including rivers, lakes, wooded swamps, tidal marshes, and impounded freshwater wetlands. As a mobile, opportunistic predator, alligators seasonally adjust their habitat use for feeding. For example, some Florida alligators venture into brackish water habitats to feed on nutrient-rich blue crabs during the wet season because increased rainfall reduces salinity levels, making the water more tolerable to the gators.

Details

Image Dimensions: 2048 x 1536

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Location Taken: US

Source:

https://www.usgs.gov/news/worlds-largest-alligator-satellite-telemetry-study-raises-bar-lowcountry
The largest American alligator satellite telemetry-tracking study worldwide is lurking in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The American alligator is an iconic species of the southeastern U.S., often described as a “living fossil” or “ferocious predator.” As is usually the case, however, there is much more to the story.