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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.

chinese alligator looking at camera

Did You Know?

Myth-Inspiring: The mythical Chinese dragon was likely inspired by the Chinese alligator.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Alligator sinensis

Eastern China

Rivers, streams, marshes, and other bodies of water

31 years

Zoo Location:
Reptile House

Fish, mussels, and other small animals

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Critically endangered)