Chinese Alligator

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A full-grown Chinese alligator is only about half as big as its cousin, the American alligator. Despite its fearsome reputation, it is shy and too small to be much of a threat to humans, yet human activities are pushing it along the path of decline.

American Crocodile

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The American crocodile population plummeted during the mid-1900s due to unregulated hunting for its hide.  Although the population is slowly recovering thanks to restrictions on hunting, habitat loss poses a major challenge to their survival.

American Alligator

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Most reptiles pay no attention to their offspring, but alligators are truly tender mothers. The female builds a large mound of rotting vegetation and careful lays her eggs inside to incubate.  When they hatch, she guides them to the water and watches out for them for at least two years.