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American Alligator

alligator swimming in water

The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), Florida’s official state reptile, is a large crocodilian which occurs only in the southeastern United States. FWRI crocodilian research staff primarily focus on providing the information needs of FWC’s Alligator Management Program.


Recent Research

a researcher collects a blood sample from an alligator

FWRI’s crocodilian research staff are involved in four main research projects.


close up view of alligator skin

Publications of research conducted or funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Relevant Websites

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Find more information about the American alligator.