Where Do Alligators Live?

In today’s article, we answer the question, “Where do alligators live?” If you’re a young student learning about alligators, the following facts and information may help you in your school report or homework assignment. Additionally, this page provides several free alligator printables for your entertainment and enjoyment.

Where Do Alligators Live?

There are two species of alligator, and each is found in a different part of the world. The American Alligator, A. mississippiensis, resides in the southeastern United States. The Chinese Alligator, A. sinensis, lives in eastern China. Both species of alligator lives in a tropical or subtropical area.

Below you will find a convenient and free printable that tells a bit about the habitat of the American Alligator. You print and save it for personal and educational use.  To open a larger version of the printable, click the image below. Once the large version loads, right-click on it and press “Save Image As…” to save it to your computer.

where do alligators liveThe American Alligator can be found in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas. They live mainly in marshes, cypress swamps, and wetlands. They can also be found in lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.

A wetlands is an area of land that is mixed with lots of water.

A marsh is the part of a wetland closest to the main water where plants grow that aren’t made of wood.

A swamp is the part of a wetland after the marsh, and closer to the wet land, where both plants and trees grow.

Well known swamps where alligators live in the United States include the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia and North Carolina, and the Everglades in Florida.

Alligators mostly swim in freshwater. If they need to, they can also live in brackish water, which is water that is a mix of fresh and salt water.

The Chinese Alligator lives in a small area of eastern China. It is a critically endangered species. In the past the alligators had a much larger habitat. Today, great parts of their old habitat have been transformed into rice paddies.


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