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Published on Jun 1, 2011
Scenes from the IMAX documentary "Hurricane on the Bayou" (from MacGillivray Freeman). American alligators filmed in their natural habitat.
Alligators are only native to the United States and China. American alligators are found in the southeast United States. The majority inhabit Florida and Louisiana, with over a million alligators in each state.
American alligators live in freshwater environments, such as ponds, marshes, wetlands, rivers, lakes, and swamps, as well as brackish environments. Southern Florida is the only place where both alligators and crocodiles live side by side.
While alligators are often confused with crocodiles, they belong to two quite separate taxonomic families. The most obvious external differences are visible in the head.
Alligators strongly prefer freshwater, while crocodiles can better tolerate seawater. However, both taxa can survive in either.