|Common Name||Gator and Common Alligator|
The American alligator has a large, slightly rounded body, with thick limbs, a broad head, and a very powerful tail. Adult alligators generally have dark grey or nearly black color. They may at times appear to be lighter based on detritus or algae in the water covering their skin.
Alligators eat fish, turtles, snakes, mammals, and amphibians. Hatchlings diet on invertebrates, insects, larvae, snails, spiders, worms, and other small prey. Young alligator regularly eat small fish at any opportunity. As they grow, they gradually move on to larger fish, mollusks, frogs and small mammals like rats, and mice. Some adult alligators take a larger variety of prey ranging from a snake or rat to a willdebeest and moderate sized mammals like a rhino or mule, although fish remain central in their diet. In Louisiana, where Nutria rats are common, larger males commonly feed on these.