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An alli gator afloat in water reflecting the gold of a sunset.AMERICAN ALLIGATOR

Alligator mississippiensis


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Superorder: Crocodylomorpha

Order: Crocodilia

Family: Alligatoridae

Genus: Alligator


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d. Suggested Publications (Literature and Video) for Lay Readers and Viewers


There is a plethora of literature dealing with the American alligator. Below are a few suggestions of some of the publications more accessible to the lay researcher. For an extensive list of literature used as sources for this article (and for advanced reading), please visit the "References" page.


[Find more publication titles about alligators in the Bibliography of the American Alligator, here.]



A book cover.CAMPBELL, G. R., and A. L. WINTERBOTHAM. 1985 Jaws Too! The Natural History of Crocodilians with Emphasis on Sanibel Islandís Alligators; Sutherland Publishing, Missouri. I-VIII + 1-267pp





A book cover.BEHLER, J. L., and D. A. BEHLER. 1998. Alligators & Crocodiles; Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota.. 72pp





A book cover.GLASGOW, V. L. 1991. A Social History of the American Alligator: The Earth Trembles with His Thunder; St. Martinís Press, New York. 260pp





A book cover.LOCKWOOD, C.C. 2002. The Alligator Book; Louisiana State University Press, Louisiana: 130pp







A book cover.MCCARTHY, K. M. 1998. Alligator Tales; Pineapple Press, Sarasota, Florida. 171pp







A book cover.MCILHENNYY, E. A. 1987. The Alligatorís Life History (1935) Reprint by Ten Speed Press, Berkley, California. 117pp. MULTI-FORMAT






"Crocodiles & Alligators" bookROSS, C. A., and S. GARNET, Eds. 1989. Crocodiles and Alligators, Facts on File, New York, New York and Oxford, England. 240pp






A book cover.SLEEPER, B. 1996. Alligators: Beneath the Blackwater; NorthWord Press, Minocqua, Wisconsin. 127pp






A book cover.STRAWN, M. Ed. 1997. Alligators, Prehistoric Presence in the American Landscape; The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland. 227pp






Video Media

[Find more videos titles in the Filmography of the American Alligator, here.]


A VHS cover. 

Audubon's Animal Adventures: Alligator & Crocodile Adventures..1997. National Audubon Society, HBO Kids Video; VHS NTSC, 30 mins. [Available on DVD R1 as part of a 3-disc set,, Audubon's Animal Adventures (2000)].




A VHS cover.Realm of the Alligator. 1986(1993). National Geographic Video; DVD, VHS NTSC; App. 59 mins.






A VHS cover.Tales from the Wild: Gus the Alligator (National Geographic Kids Video). 1998. Questar Video; VHS NTSC; 32 mins.






A VHS cover.World's Last Great Places: Everglades: Secrets of the Swampp.1997. National Geographic Video, VHS,, NTSCC: 60 mins..






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