American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
The American alligator is a large, semi-aquatic, armored reptile that is related to crocodiles. Their body alone ranges from 6 - 14 feet long. Almost black in color, the it has prominent eyes and nostrils with coarse scales over the entire body. It has a large, long head with visible upper teeth along the edge of the jaws. Its front feet have 5 toes, while rear feet have 4 toes that are webbed.
- States/US Territories in which the American alligator, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: Florida , North Carolina , Oklahoma
- US Counties in which the American alligator, Wherever found is known to or is believed to occur: View All
- USFWS Refuges in which the American alligator, Wherever found is known to occur:
Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Santee National Wildlife Refuge
- Additional species information
|Status||Date Listed||Lead Region||Where Listed|
|03/11/1967||Southeast Region (Region 4)||Wherever found|
» Federal Register Documents
|10/23/1984||49 FR 42594 42597||Special Rule on American Alligator; 49 FR 42594-42597|
|01/10/1977||42 FR 2071 2076||Reclassification of American Alligator to Threatened Status in Certain Parts of Its Range; 42 FR 2071 2076 (Alligator mississippiensis)|
|07/18/1979||44 FR 41894||Proposed Changes to the Special Rule Concerning the American Alligator|
|10/31/1985||50 FR 45407 45409||Special Rule on American Alligator; 50 FR 45407-45409|
|11/25/1980||45 FR 78153 78156||Revision of Special Rule on American Alligator|
|08/08/1980||45 FR 52849 52853||Revision of the Special Rule on the American Alligator|
|12/04/1980||45 FR 80444 80448||Final Findings for Export of Bobcat, Lynx, River Otter, Alaskan Gray Wolf & Alaskan Brown Bear Taken in 80-81 Season|
|10/12/1979||44 FR 59080 59086||Changes to the Special Rule Concerning the American Alligator|
|01/07/1985||50 FR 811 812||Export of American Alligators Taken in 1984-85 Harvest Seasons in Texas; Final Findings of Scientific & Mgmt. Authorities; 50 FR 811-812|
|09/06/1979||44 FR 51980 51982||Changes to the Special Rule Concerning the American Alligator|
|Date||Citation Page||Title||Document Type|
|06/04/1987||52 FR 21059 21064||Reclassification of American Alligator to Thr. Due to Similarity of Appearance Throughout Remainder of its Range; 52 FR 21059-21064||
|06/02/1986||51 FR 19760 19963||Proposal to Reclassify Legal Status of American Alligator Throughout Remainder of its Range to Thr. Due to Similarity of Appearance; 51 FR 19760-19963||
» Critical Habitat
No critical habitat rules have been published for the American alligator.
» Conservation Plans
No conservation plans have been created for American alligator.
» Life History
No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.
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