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The American Alligator

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Mohammad Ali

on 24 September 2013

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Transcript of The American Alligator

What does the American Alligator need to survive?
The american alligator needs a variety of food to thrive and it also needs a suitable habitat for it's hunting tactics.Did you also know that the alligator has a different diet as it matures to an adult?
What Biome does an American Alligator live in?
American Alligators live in swampland and wetland biomes.(Technically they are the same) In a wetland biome the vegetation has grown ALOT compared to other biomes, lots of moss and algae are around, and the animals live in many different and diverse ecosystems. This biome houses many producers,consumers and decomposers, an example of each would be: Mangrove tree,deer,worms. A wetland biome is also what most humans think of as a nuisance ( problem) because of this, many wetlands have been destroyed and the animals like the alligator were left with no home.
What ecosystem is the American Alligator Part of?
The american alligator is a part of many ecosystems in wetland biomes, i predict it's ALWAYS on the top of the food chain as the top predator. That's mainly because the Alligator is built to be at the top, as a Predator.
What behavioral and structural adaptations has the American Alligator developed due to it's habitat?
Behavioral:
The American Alligator
Basic Facts
Tough Skin acting like Armour to protect the animal.
Relies on stealth and swift ambush to catch prey.
Lives in the murky waters of wetlands,swamps etc
A very close relative of the Crocodile.
Food:
Hatchlings eat small invertebrates (Animals without a backbone), for example bugs that live in it's biome.
Sometimes Frogs and Salamanders
Turtles
Deer
Occasional Birds that come to drink
Refrences
Wikipedia.com
bioexpedition.com
Nationalgeographic.com
Google.ca
Juveniles eat raccoons and small birds
Adults alone eat snakes.
Habitat:
Swamps
Marshes
Ecosystem Example
Algae
Fish
Alligator
Fungi
or
Worms
Small mammals
The american alligator is not a hunter, but a Lurker, it lurks in the lakes of its biome and waits to ambush prey as they take a drink. The alligator hunts around night and day, but also has to take some sleep after hunting. Alligators also bask in the sunlight since they are cold-blooded and rely on the sun for heat.
Structural:
The Alligator has evolved with not just scales like a
snakes but those scales have changed so that it protects the animal from any other predator in the biome, the large jaws are VERY useful for delivering powerful blows to the enemy, to top it off it has a very powerful body and is one of the most succesful animals in its time.
How have humans impacted Negatively and Positively on the American Alligator?
Positive:
The American Alligator was saved from extinction after humans had the animal killed due to it eating the fish they use to catch for sport. The american alligator survived after its number dwindled to a very low point.
In natural parks, they have been more protected than before.
Negative:
Destroying it`s natural biome.
Killing the alligator almost entirely just because it was eating their fish.
Hunted sometimes by poachers for the skin and teeth.
Simple Food Chain
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