Description: It can measure up to 11 to 15 ft in length, and can weigh up to 999 pounds. The females are smaller, measuring around 9.8 feet in length.
Location: Southeastern United States (from the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia and North Carolina, on south to the Everglades National Park in Florida, west to the southern tip of Texas.
Fishes (catfishes, shad, bass, sunfish), amphibians, reptiles (turtles, snakes (including Burmese Pythons
), lizards), birds (herons, egrets, storks, waterfowl, rails (gallinules, coots)), mammals (muskrats, Raccoons
, coypu, deer (Florida Keys White-Tailed Deer
), wild boars, cats (Lynxes, Mountain Lions
), dogs, calves, Black Bears), invertebrates (insects, insect larvae, crustaceans (snails, crayfish, crabs), spiders, worms), fruits (wild grapes, elderberries, citrus fruits).
Breeding: It will lay its 20 to 50 white eggs in a vegetation nest made of sticks, leaves, and mud in a sheltered spot in or near the water. The eggs are incubated by the decaying vegetation for about 65 days.
Housing: This is a large reptile that requires a lot of room to create a healthy life for it.
Feeding: It is strongly suggested that you do not feed it in the manner that was shown by Steve Irwin, it only takes one misscalculation to loose a hand or arm to such a large predatory animal.
Care: It is listed as Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It was listed as an endangered species by the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Notes: It is the official state reptile of the fallowing states: Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
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