American Alligator

The American Alligator is the largest reptile in North America. It can grow 16 feet or longer, and the female will usually grow up to nine feet. Male alligators may weigh up to 1000lbs and females can weigh up to 160lbs. American alligators can be found in the southeastern part of the United States such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Alligators are carnivores and usually survive on a diet of fish, birds, turtles, snakes, mammals and amphibians. Although they may appear to be slow and clumsy, an alligator can move with lightning speed when a meal is close at hand. Alligators perform a mating ritual that lasts for days. After the ritual has been completed, the male alligator leaves the female, taking no part in preparing for or raising its young. In late June, the female lays 20 to 60 eggs. Hatchlings are six to eight inches (15 to 20 centimeters) long with yellow and black stripes. Juveniles, which are on the menu for dozens of predators, including birds, raccoons, bobcats, and even other alligators, usually stay with their mothers for about two years.

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Burmese Python

Burmese Pythons are native to Southeast Asia and are the third largest snake in the world, reaching lengths of over 25 feet and weighing up to 400 pounds. Pythons are powerful constrictors that prey on small mammals.

Albino pythons rarely occur in nature and will typically not survive because they are unable to camouflage in their natural environments. They are easy to spot because of their white color marked with butterscotch yellow and burnt orange. However, they are becoming more abundant in captivity as the demand for them increases as pets.

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