Fact Sheet
Florida Manatee
Manatee, © Christina R Celano
Manatees, © Jan Reyniers

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The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America. It has a large, dark (usually black), slightly rounded body and thick limbs. Unlike the crocodile, the alligator has a broad head.
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The variety of landscapes and habitats in the southeast – from Florida’s lagoons to North Carolina’s forests – makes for an equally awe-inspiring variety of wildlife.