Meet Ally the Alligator

Ally the Alligator lives in a swamp in Baxter’s Corner. While she has a mother, and many aunts, uncles and cousins, her father is not part of Ally’s life. Ally has had to adjust to life without her father and has learned to appreciate all the special people that are in her life. When Ally is nervous, her long tail starts to twitch. This sometimes proves to be a disruption as Ally has been known to knock over things, which makes her even more nervous! Ally loves going to school and she especially likes painting and math.

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Fun Facts About Alligators

  • The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America.
  • The name "alligator" comes from a Spanish word, "legarto" which means lizard.
  • Alligators are sometimes referred to as "living fossils" because they have lived on the Earth for millions of years.
  • American alligators live in the wild in the southeastern United States. You are most likely to spot them in Florida and Louisiana, where they live in rivers, lakes, swamps and marshes.
  • Alligators are great swimmers. They are equipped with webbed feet and strong tails that propel them through the water.
  • Alligators have two sets of eyelids. The inner eyelids are clear and when the alligator is swimming these eyelids protect the eyes and provide clearer vision underwater.
  • American alligators have nostrils that face upward so that they can breathe when the rest of them is submerged underwater.
  • Alligators can have up to 80 teeth at one time. They grow new teeth to replace worn ones. In a lifetime, they can wear out between 2,000 to 3,000 teeth.
  • Of all living species of animals, the alligator has the strongest bite.
  • A baby alligator is called a hatchling.
  • Baby alligators are only about 6 to 8 inches long when they hatch.
  • Young alligators stay with their mother for up to two years for protection from predators. After that, they are able to take care of themselves.
  • A group of alligators is called a congregation.