Iconic to the culture of the southern United States, alligators have been hunted for years for their skin, which is used to make bags, shoes, and other pieces of apparel. More recently, alligators have become an important part of the ecotourism industry in which visitors can go on “swamp safaris” and observe alligators and their young in their natural habitat.
- Recommended Age: 18 months and up
- Size in cm: 29.5 L x 21 W x 10 H
Alligators have broad snouts and up to 80 teeth. They build burrows for shelter and hibernate when temperatures fall below 20°C (68°F). Babies are called juveniles and look like their parents except they have yellow and black bands so they blend in with their surroundings. The name alligator comes from the Spanish word, el lagarto, meaning "the lizard".