Chinese Alligator

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Chinese Alligator

Alligator sinensis
A full-grown Chinese alligator is only about half as big as its cousin, the American alligator. Despite its fearsome reputation, it is shy and too small to be much of a threat to humans, yet human activities are pushing it along the path toward extinction. Habitat loss, collection, over-hunting and direct persecution are putting the survival of the estimated 150 Chinese alligators remaining in the wild at risk.
Fact file:

Length: Up to 6.5 ft

Weight: 50 – 65 lbs

Habitat: Rivers, streams, marshes and other bodies of water

Prey: Primarily aquatic animals such as fish and mussels, and some land animals

Current Range: Eastern China