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Chinese Alligator Skull replica measures 7.9 inches. Chinese Alligator skull replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Alligator sinensis is the scientific name. Polyurethane cast private collection. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

The Chinese alligator or Alligator sinensis is also known as the Yangtze, China alligator, or historically the muddy dragon, is a crocodilian endemic to China. Dark gray or black in color with a fully armored body, the Chinese alligator grows to 5 to 7 ft. in length and weighs 80 to 100 lbs. as an adult.

The Chinese Alligator or Alligator sinensis brumates in burrows in winter and is nocturnal in summer. Mating occurs in early summer, with females most commonly producing 20 to 30 eggs, which are smaller than those of any other crocodilian.

They are an opportunistic feeder, primarily eating fish and invertebrates. Alligator sinensis are a vocal species, adults bellow during the mating season and young vocalize to communicate with their parents and other juveniles. Captive specimens have reached age 70, and wild specimens can live to over 50.

Living in bodies of fresh water, their range is restricted to six regions in the province of Anhui, as well as possibly the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang. Originally living as far away from its current range as Japan, they previously had a wide range and population, but beginning in 5000 BC, multiple threats, such as habitat destruction, caused the species’ population and range to decline.

The population in the wild was about 1000 in the 1970s, decreased to below 130 in 2001, and grew after 2003, with its population being about 300 as of 2017.

Alligator sinensis are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, multiple conservation actions have been taking place for the Chinese Alligator.

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Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 7.9 in
Chinese Alligator Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Alligatoridae
Genus: Alligator
Species: A. sinensis
Binomial name: Alligator sinensis
Conservation status is Critically Endangered

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