The word “alligator” comes from the early Spanish name “El Lagarto.” Meaning “The Lizard.”
Alligator are large reftiles related to the crocodile. They resemble lizards in their shape.
The early Spanish explorers, mistaking the reptile for a large lizard called it “el lagarto,” meaning “the lizard.” The name changed in time to our modern word “alligator.’
The American alligator lives in the swamps, rivers and lakes of the southeastern United States.
The great body, covered with an armor of thick, leathery scales, may grow to be 12 feet or longer and weigh more than 400 pounds. The huge powerful tail serves to drive the animal through the water.
Alligators are meat eaters. They eat fish, shakes and turtles, and any other small animal they can catch. They will even attack dogs or deer that come to the water’s edge to drink.
But unless frightened, even the largest alligator will usually leave people alone. – Dick Rogers