Chinese Alligator

Chinese Alligator

Scientific Name: Alligator sinensis
Common Names: Chinese Alligator, China Alligator

Maximum adult length: 1.8 metres (5.9 feet)

 

N.B. Exceptionally large specimens can be found in all species of crocodilian.

 

Chinese alligators, also known as Yangtze alligators, live in just a small part of northeastern China. It is one of two known living species of alligator. Adult males grow to about 2 metres (6.5 feet) and can weigh up to 40 kg (88 lb). They are mostly found in slow moving bodies of water such as streams, rivers and swamps. For 6 or 7 months of each year they hibernate within burrowing holes and tunnels, which is unique among crocodilians.

Kingdom
ANIMALIA
Phylum
CHORDATA
Class
REPTILIA
Order
CROCODYLIA
Family
ALLIGATORIDAE
Genus
ALLIGATOR

References

IUCN Red List (September, 2014) http://www.iucnredlist.org

 

At the zoo

We are currently home to two Chinese alligators.

 

Zen, our male Chinese alligator is known for his fiery temperament and can be an extremely difficult gator to live with. So sadly the pair have had to be separated on numerous occasions. Unfortunately this is common with Chinese alligators, which are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity due to their unique social and breeding behaviours in which both adult females and males are solitary. Even in the wild the reproductive rate is low. The hope is that over time they can be carefully reintroduced to one another and learn to live together happily.

 

Adopters

  • Harrison Teague
  • Stuart Collier
  • Marley Gualtieri
  • Maxwell Dabhi

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