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Chinese Alligator (Yangtze Alligator)
Alligator sinensis
Class Reptilia

Order Crocodylia

Distribution Only found in the lower Yangtze River in the provinces of Anhui, Zhejiang and Jiangsu of China.

Habitat Rivers, marshes, ponds and lakes.

Listed under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Characteristics and Behaviour Chinese alligator is a relatively small crocodilian of about two metres in length and 40 kilograms in weight. The male is larger than the female in size. The snout is broad and slightly upturned, with a pair of protruded eyes on the top of the head. Chinese alligators often retreat in burrows or rest in waters during the day, although sometimes they may bask on land. They are more active at night and hibernate in winter. The female reaches maturity at the age of 4 or 5. Nesting occurs around July. 10 to 40 eggs will be laid each time, and the incubation period lasts approximately 70 days. Juveniles are black with yellow cross-banding.

Diet Carnivorous, like river snails, mussels, fish, frogs, birds and small mammals.
Chinese Alligator (Yangtze Alligator)

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