Alligators and Crocodiles

Why do alligators live in swamps?


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Their body type is designed for swimming, and water provides cooling as well as concealment. Because these reptiles are not warm-blooded, they inhabit only the warm climates of the southeastern US, existing in freshwater and brackish marshes and swamps. In this environment, there are far fewer predators than on land, meaning less competition and less predation on young alligators.

(*the rare Chinese alligator is a related species living in marshes of the Yangtze River in China)