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AMERICAN ALLIGATOR
Alligator mississippiensis

American Alligator - Alligator mississippiensis Alligator   mississippiensis     from   Refugio   County,   Texas
                                                                       Photo by Don Mercer
American Alligator - Alligator mississippiensis Alligator   mississippiensis     from   Refugio   County,   Texas
                                                                       Photo by Don Mercer

American Alligator - Alligator mississippiensis Alligator   mississippiensis     from   Refugio   County,   Texas
                                                                       Photo by Don Mercer


Distribution:  In our region, the American Alligator occurs only in Texas where it ranges across southeastern and southcentral parts of the state. There is also an isolated population in the Brownsville, Texas area.

Legal Status:  In 1967 the American Alligator was given Federal protection as an Endangered Species. The species has since made an strong recovery, but the USFWS continues to list it as a Threatened Species due to similarity of appearance with another protected species. An annual harvest of the American Alligator is now permitted but it is conducted under the strict supervision of the USFWS.

American Alligator - Alligator mississippiensis Alligator mississippiensis from Chain-O-Lakes in Liberty Co., Texas.                                                          Photo by Nathan Wells American Alligator - Alligator mississippiensis Alligator mississippiensis from Chain-O-Lakes in Liberty Co., Texas.                                                           Photo by Nathan Wells

American Alligator - Alligator mississippiensis Alligator  mississippiensis    from  Aransas  National  Wildlife
Refuge in Aransas Co., Texas      Photo by Gerald Keown, SWCHR
American Alligator - Alligator mississippiensis  Alligator   mississippiensis   from   Aransas   County,   Texas
                                                               Photo by D.Craig McIntyre




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