All About Gators.....
The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is the largest reptile in
North America. The first reptiles appeared 300 million years ago and ancestors
of the American alligator appeared 160 million years ago. Reptiles are a
cold-blooded animal, which means that their body temperature is regulated by the
temperature of the environment around them. This is why alligators are seen
basking in the sun, trying to regulate their body temperature. Because
alligators are cold-blooded, their body rates are slowed down and they feed less
frequently in winter months. For this reason, alligators enter underground
holes/dens and remain dormant throughout the winter months.
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