22. The American Alligator

The American alligator, known to some as the common alligator, is prevalent in the Southeastern US.  American alligators prefer freshwater wetlands like cypress swamps and marshes.  Males are larger than females.  

They can be over 15 feet long and weigh as much as 999 pounds.  They have broader snouts than American crocodiles.  The best place to spot them is the Everglades National Park in Florida.  You can see them from the safety of the boardwalks there, for a much closer look you should explore the park via boat.  

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