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American Alligator Teaching skull measures 12 inches. American Alligator Teaching Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull. This is a small teaching size skull that is easy to carry.
The American alligator or Alligator mississippiensis, sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator is a large crocodilian reptile native to the Southeastern United States, with a small population in Mexico.
Adult males measure 11.2 to 15.1 ft. in length, and can weigh up to 999 lb. Females are smaller, measuring 8.5 to 9.8 ft. in length.
The Alligator mississippiensis inhabits freshwater wetlands, such as marshes and cypress swamps from Tamaulipas in Mexico to southeastern and coastal North Carolina.
It is distinguished from the sympatric American crocodile by its broader snout, with overlapping jaws and darker coloration, and is less tolerant of saltwater but more tolerant of cooler climates.
American Alligator or Alligator mississippiensis are apex predators and consume fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Hatchlings feed mostly on invertebrates.
They play an important role as ecosystem engineers in wetland ecosystems through the creation of alligator holes, which provide both wet and dry habitats for other organisms.
Throughout the year American Alligator or mississippiensis bellow to declare territory, and locate suitable mates. Males use infrasound to attract females. Eggs are laid in a nest of vegetation, sticks, leaves, and mud in a sheltered spot in or near the water.
Young are born with yellow bands around their bodies and are protected by their mother for up to one year.
The conservation status is listed as least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Historically, hunting had decimated their population, and the American alligator was listed as an endangered species by the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Subsequent conservation efforts have allowed their numbers to increase and the species was removed from endangered status in 1987.
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