Chinese Alligator

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Other names include 'Yangtze alligator' and 'Yow Lung' meaning muddy dragon.


Chinese alligators are restricted to a small area of eastern China called Anhui Province around the lower Yangtze River. The Chinese alligator is one of the smallest crocodilians (a group that also includes crocodiles, caimans and the gharial) and one of the most endangered.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Family:
Aligatoridae
Diet:
Fish, mammals and birds.
Life Span:
Up to 80 years
Distribution:
Eastern China
Length:
Up to 6 feet long
Weight:
Up to 100 kilograms
Did you know?
The main difference between alligators and crocodiles is that an alligator has a short ‘U’ shaped mouth and a crocodile has a large ‘V’ shaped mouth.

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