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American alligators reside nearly exclusively in the freshwater rivers, lakes, swamps, and marshes of the southeastern United States, primarily Florida and Louisiana. Heavy and ungainly out of water, these reptiles are supremely well adapted swimmers. Males average 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.6 meters) in length and can weigh 1,000 pounds (453 kg). Females grow to a maximum of about 9.8 feet (3 meters.)

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Lake Martin Louisiana Swamp - I know this is a Crocodile or Alligator, but they both live in this part of the world! I just don't know which one this is? ...~~I feel very confident that this is an Alligator :)

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from National Geographic

American Crocodiles, American Crocodile Pictures, American Crocodile Facts

[Protected Status: ENDANGERED] The American crocodile is considered an endangered species in nearly all parts of its North, Central, and South American range. Survey data, except in the United States, is poor or nonexistent, but conservationists agree that illegal hunting and habitat depletion has reduced populations of this wide-ranging reptile to critical levels.

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The Alligator/Crocodile has inhabited earth for millions of years. They bare the unstoppable, untameable creative forces of All That Is, the force and fury of primal energies. They symbolise creation and destruction and are the keepers and protectors of all ancient wisdom. When one of these creatures enters your life, look for an opportunity to touch very primal energies. There will be an opportunity for new knowledge and wisdom.

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Young crocodile bides his time-this is an Asian variety, but note the snout! All crocodiles can tolerate brackish (salty) water better than 'gators because they have functioning salt glands on their tongue. This allows crocodiles to easily filter out salt. So,their territory is bigger than alligators!

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Dwarf Caiman(Paleosuchus palpebrosus) Also named Cuvier’s Smooth-fronted Caiman, Paleosuchus palpebrosus (Crocodylia - Alligatoridae) is a small, South American caiman, found near rivers and inundated savanna areas. This species is the smallest of the family. Males grow to about 1.3-1.5 meters, while the females grow to 1.2 meters.

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