Is the species of the American alligator in danger of becoming extinct?
No. While it was once on the endangered list, protection has allowed the number of alligators to increase and spread to the extent that they are now legally harvested in several states. It was removed from the IUCN's list of threatened or endangered species in 1987, and populations remain healthy and growing in most areas where the alligator is found.
Alligators number in the millions in the U.S. The Chinese alligator is rare, and numbers are less than 1000. Chinese Alligators (Alligator sinensis) and American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) are the only surviving species of alligators. There were other species of alligators but they are all extinct now.
The scientific name of an alligator depends on what kind of alligator to which you are referring. There are two living species today, the American Alligator (scientific name, Alligator mississippiensis) and the Chinese Alligator (Alligator sinensis). The only alligators that have been known to come out white are American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). White alligator are not a species of their own they are either albino or leucistic ones of the American alligator or saltwater crocodile.
Alligators that live in Florida are the same as those that live throughout the southeastern U.S., and their common name is American alligator. It is one of two species. The other species is the Chinese alligator. Both species are crocodilians in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The scientific name for the American species is Alligator Mississippiensis. Thank you! - Hannah R. Age 12
The alligator is split into two separate species - the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and the Chinese Alligator (Alligator sinensis). The American Alligator is distributed throughout the southern United States, whereas the Chinese Alligator can be found in parts of China (though these days, they are very rare). Hope that helped :)