Alligator mississippiensis — Facts & Information

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Data about <i>Alligator mississippiensis</i>

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Physical Description

Data about <i>Alligator mississippiensis</i>
Body mass
Additional detail 1.08 kg AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  
Weight
Additional detail 150.0 kg adult AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  

Ecology

Data about <i>Alligator mississippiensis</i>
Habitat
Additional detail animal habitation
  • Animal habitation
    The dwelling of an animal or group of similar animals.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00005803
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail aquatic habitat Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail bay Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail brackish water Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail city Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail coast
  • Coast
    The general region of indefinite width that extends from the sea inland to the first major change in terrain features.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000303
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail coast
  • Coast
    The general region of indefinite width that extends from the sea inland to the first major change in terrain features.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000303
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail coast
  • Coast
    The general region of indefinite width that extends from the sea inland to the first major change in terrain features.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000303
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail farm
  • Farm
    A tract of crop or grazing land, as well as the group of buildings with and often surrounding a farmhouse, including barns, sheds, and other outbuildings, used for agricultural production.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000078
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail fresh water Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail freshwater habitat
  • Freshwater habitat
    A habitat that is in or on a body of water containing low concentrations of dissolved salts and other total dissolved solids (<0.5 grams dissolved salts per litre).
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00002037
IUCN  
Additional detail lake
  • Lake
    A body of water or other liquid of considerable size contained on a body of land.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000020
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail Large river biome Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail marsh
  • Marsh
    A wetland, featuring grasses, rushes, reeds, typhas, sedges, and other herbaceous plants (possibly with low-growing woody plants) in a context of shallow water.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000035
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail marsh
  • Marsh
    A wetland, featuring grasses, rushes, reeds, typhas, sedges, and other herbaceous plants (possibly with low-growing woody plants) in a context of shallow water.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000035
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail marsh
  • Marsh
    A wetland, featuring grasses, rushes, reeds, typhas, sedges, and other herbaceous plants (possibly with low-growing woody plants) in a context of shallow water.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000035
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail mud
  • Mud
    A liquid or semi-liquid mixture of water and some combination of soil, silt, and clay.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_01000001
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail national park
  • National park
    A reserve of land, usually, but not always declared and owned by a national government, protected from most human development and pollution. National parks are a protected area of IUCN category II.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000367
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail national park
  • National park
    A reserve of land, usually, but not always declared and owned by a national government, protected from most human development and pollution. National parks are a protected area of IUCN category II.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000367
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail nesting material
  • Nesting material
    Nesting material is an animal habitation consisting of matierals used to cushion, insulate and protect the young of the organism. The adult will use the material to form a protective structure to house and raise their young. Nests are built primarily by birds, but also by mammals, fish, insects and reptiles.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_02000004
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail pond
  • Pond
    A body of water, usually of smaller size than a lake.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000033
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail river
  • River
    Natural freshwater surface streams of considerable volume and a permanent or seasonal flow, moving in a definite channel toward a sea, lake, or another river; any large streams, or ones larger than brooks or creeks, such as the trunk stream and larger branches of a drainage system.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000022
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail saline water Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail saline water Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail savanna
  • Savanna
    A grassland of the tropics or subtropics with scattered trees.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000261
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail stream
  • Stream
    Linear body of water flowing on the Earth's surface.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000023
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail swamp
  • Swamp
    A wetland that features permanent inundation of large areas of land by shallow bodies of water, generally with a substantial number of hummocks, or dry-land protrusions.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000233
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail swamp
  • Swamp
    A wetland that features permanent inundation of large areas of land by shallow bodies of water, generally with a substantial number of hummocks, or dry-land protrusions.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000233
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail temperate Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail terrestrial biome
  • Terrestrial biome
    A biome that applies to the terrestrial realm.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000446
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail terrestrial habitat
  • Terrestrial habitat
    A habitat that is on or at the boundary of the surface of the Earth.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00002009
IUCN  
Additional detail tropical Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail water body Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail wetland
  • Wetland
    An area that is inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000043
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail wetland
  • Wetland
    An area that is inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00000043
Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail wood Environments - EOL project  
Additional detail zoological garden
  • Zoological garden
    A facility in which animals are confined within enclosures and displayed to the public, and in which they may also be bred.
    http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/ENVO_00010625
Environments - EOL project  
  • Interacts with
    an organism has an effect on another organism in the community.
    http://eol.org/schema/terms/interactsWith
Interacts with
Additional detail Amphibians GloBI  
Additional detail Birds GloBI  
Additional detail Bony Fishes GloBI  
Additional detail Bowfin GloBI  
Additional detail Common Muskrat GloBI  
Additional detail Gars GloBI  
Additional detail Halfbeaks GloBI  
Additional detail Humans GloBI  
Additional detail Insects GloBI  
Additional detail Largemouth Bass GloBI  
Additional detail Lepidosaur GloBI  
Additional detail Mammals GloBI  
Additional detail Molluscs GloBI  
Additional detail Mottled Duck GloBI  
Additional detail Northern Mockingbird GloBI  
Additional detail Northern Raccoon GloBI  
Additional detail Northern River Otter GloBI  
Additional detail Pied-billed Grebe GloBI  
Additional detail Pike GloBI  
Additional detail Snake GloBI  
Additional detail Snowy Egret GloBI  
Additional detail Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins GloBI  
Additional detail Wood Duck GloBI  
Additional detail Wood Stork GloBI  
Feeds on
Additional detail Amphibians GloBI  
Additional detail Birds GloBI  
Additional detail Bony Fishes GloBI  
Additional detail Bowfin GloBI  
Additional detail Common Muskrat GloBI  
Additional detail Gars GloBI  
Additional detail Insects GloBI  
Additional detail Mammals GloBI  
Additional detail Molluscs GloBI  
Additional detail Mottled Duck GloBI  
Additional detail Northern Mockingbird GloBI  
Additional detail Northern River Otter GloBI  
Additional detail Pied-billed Grebe GloBI  
Additional detail Pike GloBI  
Additional detail Reptiles GloBI  
Additional detail Snowy Egret GloBI  
Additional detail Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins GloBI  
Additional detail Wood Duck GloBI  
Additional detail Wood Stork GloBI  
  • Interacts with
    an organism has an effect on another organism in the community.
    http://eol.org/schema/terms/interactsWithreverse
Interacts with
Additional detail American Alligator GloBI  
Additional detail American Alligator GloBI  
Additional detail American Mink GloBI  
Additional detail Bowfin GloBI  
Additional detail Common Kingsnake GloBI  
Additional detail Common Moorhen GloBI  
Additional detail Common Muskrat GloBI  
Additional detail Florida Gar GloBI  
Additional detail Gemfish GloBI  
Additional detail Humans GloBI  
Additional detail Largemouth Bass GloBI  
Additional detail Long-nose Gar GloBI  
Additional detail Mottled Duck GloBI  
Additional detail Nine-banded Armadillo GloBI  
Additional detail Northern Mockingbird GloBI  
Additional detail Northern Raccoon GloBI  
Additional detail Northern River Otter GloBI  
Additional detail Pied-billed Grebe GloBI  
Additional detail Snake GloBI  
Additional detail Snowy Egret GloBI  
Additional detail Swamp Rabbit GloBI  
Additional detail Tarpon GloBI  
Additional detail Wood Duck GloBI  
Additional detail Wood Stork GloBI  
  • Has predator
    is consumed for energetic or other nutritional needs (by another organism)
    http://eol.org/schema/terms/HasPredator
Has predator
Additional detail American Alligator GloBI  
Additional detail American Alligator GloBI  
Additional detail Birds GloBI  
Additional detail Halfbeaks GloBI  
Additional detail Humans GloBI  
Additional detail Largemouth Bass GloBI  
Additional detail Northern Raccoon GloBI  
Additional detail Northern River Otter GloBI  
Additional detail Snake GloBI  

Life History and Behavior

Data about <i>Alligator mississippiensis</i>
Total life span max
Additional detail 73.1 years AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  
Onset of fertility
Additional detail 11.99 years male AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  
Additional detail 11.99 years female AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  

Evolution and Systematics

Data about <i>Alligator mississippiensis</i>
First Appearance (Older Bound)
Additional detail 66.0 million years ago The Paleobiology Database  
First Appearance (Younger Bound)
Additional detail 61.6 million years ago The Paleobiology Database  
Last Appearance (Older Bound)
Additional detail 0.0117 million years ago The Paleobiology Database  
Last Appearance (Younger Bound)
Additional detail 0 million years ago The Paleobiology Database  

Physiology and Cell Biology

Data about <i>Alligator mississippiensis</i>
  • Basal metabolic rate
    Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the amount of energy expended daily by humans and other animals at rest. Rest is defined as existing in a neutrally temperate environment while in the post-absorptive state.
    http://purl.bioontology.org/ontology/SNOMEDCT/165109007
Basal metabolic rate
Additional detail 0.15 Watts AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  
  • Body temperature
    The degree of heat in the body of a living organism, temperature is measure of the average kinetic energy of the particles in a sample of matter, expressed in terms of units or degrees designated on a standard scale.
    http://purl.bioontology.org/ontology/CSP/2871-4249
Body temperature
Additional detail 22.16 degrees Celsius AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity  

Conservation

Data about <i>Alligator mississippiensis</i>
Extinction status
Additional detail extant The Paleobiology Database  

Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Data about <i>Alligator mississippiensis</i>
Conservation status
Additional detail least concern
  • Least concern
    A taxon is Least Concern when it has been evaluated against the criteria and does not qualify for Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable or Near Threatened. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.
    http://eol.org/schema/terms/leastConcern
IUCN  

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