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Stuart is the editor of Fauna Facts. He edits our writers' work as well as contributing his own content. Stuart is passionate about sustainable farming and animal welfare and has written extensively on cows and geese for the site.

What Do Alligators Eat in Florida?

Alligators are carnivores, which means they eat many animals such as fish, insects, and amphibians. They also eat snakes, turtles, mammals, and birds. Alligators are opportunistic feeders. What this means is that they eat what is easily accessible. Their eating habits, or diet, depend on their age and size. Some adults also cannibalize small alligators. …

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Do Alligators Eat Humans: Alligator Attacks on Humans Per Year

Alligators have been known to eat humans, but they don’t actively hunt humans and it’s extremely rare. Over the last 50 years, there have only been 21 recorded fatal alligator attacks worldwide. Alligators are afraid of human beings. However, they will attack if they feel threatened or if they are really hungry and there is …

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Are Crocodiles More Dangerous Than Alligators?

Crocodiles are more dangerous than alligators, although both are dangerous in their own way. There are far fewer reports of alligator attacks on humans each year compared to crocodiles.  In addition, crocodile behavior is different from alligators. Crocodiles are more aggressive hunters, whereas alligators are opportunistic hunters. Why are Crocodiles More Dangerous than Alligators? Crocodiles …

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What Eats Alligators? (Birds, Cats, and Even Humans!)

There are no known predators of adult alligators in the USA and China except humans, however, juvenile gators and eggs have many predators including fish, other alligators, birds, snakes, and raccoons. Alligators are brutal predators, but they hatch so small—less than one foot. As such, they are vulnerable to other large animals. While they stay …

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Are Alligators Lizards? (No, but they are Similar)

Alligators are not lizards although they share some similarities. Both alligators and lizards are reptiles but they belong to different orders, genera, and species.  Lizards and alligators both belong to the Reptilia class of animals, but lizards belong to the Squamata order, whereas alligators belong to the Crocodilia order. In this article we’ll go over …

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Why Crocodiles Aren’t Considered Amphibians

Crocodiles are not amphibians, they are reptiles. The main difference is that a reptile cannot use its skin as a secondary breathing system, whereas amphibians can.  Another easy way to tell that crocodiles are not amphibians is that amphibians go through a metamorphosis from birth to adulthood, while reptiles don’t. What are Amphibians? Amphibians are …

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Can You Outrun an Alligator?

You cannot outrun an alligator. They may look sluggish and heavy, but they are extremely fast over short distances. On average, an alligator can run at a speed of 35 miles per hour or 56 kilometers per hour, which is faster than even the fastest human. Humans can run as fast as 44 kilometers per …

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Can Alligators Breathe Underwater?

Alligators cannot breathe underwater. Alligators are not amphibians, and they do not have gills. Although they can’t breathe underwater, alligators can stay underwater for a long time by slowing their heartbeat to only two or three beats in a minute to conserve oxygen. Alligators can stay underwater for a long time—they can remain conscious until …

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