Alligator Facts for Kids Video

                                             Alligator facts

This video is all about alligators. Alligators and crocodiles are closely related but generally people confuse one with the other. These two reptiles are very different. An alligator is distinguished by its wide, rounded muzzle and black color. All of its upper teeth can still be seen when its mouth is closed. Crocodiles on the other hand, have narrow, pointed muzzle, a grey-green color and only the fourth tooth on the lower jaw can be seen when the animal’s mouth is closed.

Alligators are inhabitant of the United States and China. They live in freshwater environments, such as ponds, slow moving rivers, lakes, swamps, bogs etc. There are two different types of alligator, American alligator and Chinese alligator. If we talk about habitat, American alligators live in the southern United States, from North Carolina to Texas, according to a report of the Smithsonian zoo. Chinese alligators live in eastern China. And they are exposed to a small area in the Yangtze River basin. They are critically endangered and only a few remain in the world.

Alligators are social creatures and often stay in groups. These groups are called congregations. These groups are typically seen sprawling in the sun or taking a swim. And the reason behind this is, alligators do not have the ability to control their temperature internally. So, if they are cold, they sunbathe, and when they feel hot, they go for a swim. They also use water to hunt. On land, they are awkward, but they can swim very fast with the help of their tails. This makes it easier for them to catch prey. Alligators are not fussy about what they eat. They are carnivores, so they feed on other animals.  Any type of prey is a meal to these reptiles. They may eat fish, small mammals and other reptiles. Alligators pick fruits as a meal also.