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The American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, (known colloquially as simply gator) is one of the two li
American alligator
ving species of Alligator, a genus within the family Alligatoridae. The American Alligator is native only to the Southern United States, where it inhabits wetlands that frequently overlap with human-populated areas. It is larger than the other extant alligator species, the Chinese Alligator.