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American Alligator Overview

There are close to 8,000 different reptile species in the world, but one specific reptile has been making headlines for its ferocious nature. Find out a little more about alligators, right here!

Alligators: The Basics

Alligators are reptiles that call the southeastern United States home. They live in fresh or brackish (part salt, part fresh) water like swamps, marshes and canals and are primarily nocturnal animals who feed between dusk and dawn. Like most reptiles, alligators are cold-blooded and reproduce by laying eggs.

See Ya Later Alligator, In a While Crocodile

Alligators are often confused with the similar-looking reptilian species, the crocodile. These two animals are, however, different in many ways. While the crocodile has a long, V-shaped snout, the alligator has a shorter, much more rounded snout. Crocodiles have special salivary glands that excrete salt, making it easier for them to tolerate salt-water environments. Alligators, on the other hand, do not have these salivary glands and cannot live in salt water habitats. Crocodiles are also generally perceived as being much more aggressive than alligators.

A History of Violence

Historically, alligators are known as the less-violent, jaw-snappin' reptile, but there has beena dramatic increase in alligator attacks. Over the past 57 years, there have only been 17 or so cases of fatal alligator attacks across Florida. In May 2006, the state saw three fatal attacks in just a few short weeks. Conservationists blame the rise in attacks on the alligators' depleting habitat, low water levels after a violent hurricane season and humans' closer proximity to the sharp-toothed animal.

Did U Know?

  • Alligators live for approximately 30 to 35 years in the wild.
  • Alligators swallow their prey whole - from insects to small mammals.
  • The Alligator became the official state animal of Florida in 1987.
  • Alligators have 80 teeth - 40 on top and 40 on the bottom.
  • The word alligator comes from the Spanish words, el lagarto which means, the lizard.
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CaptJolee
CaptJolee posted in Debating:
"Tennis123" wrote: i would like to point out that theres a difference between having an open mind and believing crazy stuff because of willful or unintentional scientific and factual ignorance. youtube videos made by conspiracy theorists are not a very good source of information. I honestly think that if you believe the earth is flat, there is something fundamentally wrong with your way of thinking and how you decide whats true and whats not. so what your saying is that if we believe in the flat earth we have some kind of mental problem???
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CaptJolee
CaptJolee posted in Debating:
forgive my stupidity there the real reason why they launch the missle is so they could coat the dome with radiation then they would bounce radio waves from ground satilletes from teh dome and back to ( internet towers, cell towers, etc) as the live footage you see from sates are nothing but cgi footage
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CaptJolee posted in Debating:
"trueflow" wrote: "CaptJolee" wrote: even nasa confessed we haven't left low earth orbit because of the can Van Allen radiation belt, though yes a satellite could more than likey get through the Van Allen belt since no humans aboard and get a view of the earth and yes some of you seen #### ##### of a satellite in orbit showing the round earth,but let me ask you guys this,since it's you know the government couldn't they have just angled the satellite to a position where it seems round, or even photoshop it? If there exists the Van Allen Radiation Belt then the earth is round (or some sort of three dimensional shape at least) because there cannot exist magnetic monopoles. On the "flat earth wiki" it states that the Earth acts like a spherical magnet, which is also not consistent with the existence of the Van Allen radiation belt (then the charged particles are suspended radially around the ring which would obviously result in catastrophic damage to the atmosphere and land on Earth). Furthermore, the Van Allen Belt does not inhibit space travel, it only makes running digital equipment more risky. Certainly NASA, Roscosmos and ESA did not all lie to mask the "truth". Flat Earth would make it necessary to rethink fundamental physics, including gravity (general relativity), and a significant amount of electromagnetism knowledge that is well established and proven beyond concept. the van allen beltt is actually ther fermintation dome which for the reason of having radiation is the suddenly missle launching from not just america but russia as well to see if they could break the dome,F.H cook was also the one who discovered the ice wall yet says that there is land beyond it the size of america.... i would like  for that to be explained as well and i would like also for people to disprove the ice wall and why military a guarding it if it's just your ever day ice wall!! O^O
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"Splatwolf" wrote: To capture your age right now, maybe something with photos would be cool. You could do it in a creative way. ######### has some nice ideas. You could do a canvas collage. Transfer pic onto wood. Do a picture within a picture to show how many generations. A time-line pic or pictures. Hope you're able to find something for your Mom. Good luck. Yeah! That's a perfect idea! 
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To capture your age right now, maybe something with photos would be cool. You could do it in a creative way. Pinterest has some nice ideas. You could do a canvas collage. Transfer pic onto wood. Do a picture within a picture to show how many generations. A time-line pic or pictures. Hope you're able to find something for your Mom. Good luck.
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