Adopt an Alligator

American alligators are the largest reptiles in the United States and can be found in the coastal swamps and marshes of the Southeast. They can grow to be over 12 feet long and they have strong jaws and a long, powerful tail. Alligators are cold-blooded and depend on the natural world around them to provide warmth. They will lie in the sun or dig holes in mud to trap heat. The American alligator is an important "keystone" species of the Southeast. Alligators use their tails to dig burrows in mud for nesting and to keep warm. When an alligator abandons a burrow, the hole left behind fills with fresh water and is utilized by other species for breeding and drinking. If alligators are removed from their native ecosystem, it would affect countless other species. Help NWF in its efforts to protect and recover the wild places that sustain wildlife. Adopt an alligator today!

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