American alligators are a symbol of the southeastern U.S., but overhunting in the 19th and early to mid-20th century nearly eliminated wild populations. Thanks to protective laws enacted in the 1970s, American alligator populations have recovered and are now again abundant in their historical range. Like all crocodilians, American alligators display complex maternal care.
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The American alligator habitat is a marquee feature of Scaly Slimy Spectacular and features a 30-foot naturalistic waterfall. Look for the alligators year-round underwater, floating at the surface, or resting on the sandy bank.