The American Alligator, usually called just the
Alligator (the name comes from the Spanish for lizard, el
lagarto) is one of two living alligator species and is
native to the southeastern United States, especially to
Louisiana and Florida. Alligators
have a much more rounded snout than crocodiles and have no
salt gland (to extract salt from saline water).
A massive predator on land and in (fresh)
water, male American Alligators can grow typically to some
4.5 metres (15 feet) and have been known in excess of 5
They are hunted and farmed for leather and meat.