King of the Everglades
Florida's most famous animal is a magnificent reptile.
The American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is endemic to the southeastern United States. It inhabits wetlands on the Atlantic coast from North Carolina to Florida, and in the Northern Gulf of Mexico west to Texas (Scott 2004). Alligators mostly occur in marshes and swamps, but can also be found in rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds.