American alligator population,
Terrestrial and aquatic adaptations,
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Alligators: The Illustrated Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation is richly illustrated with more than 150 photographs from award-winning wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch, and expert zoologist Kent A. Vliet who introduce readers to the biology, ecology, and natural history of the American alligator. Sharing nuanced depictions of their hidden lives that will forever change the way you think of these giant reptiles, this book presents alligators as iconic american predators, growing to thirteen feet or more and living as long as humans. Alligators are complex creatures, capable of terrific attacks and yet tending to their young in the same gentle way a mother duck looks after her brood. Once extremely numerous, alligators came close to extinction in the twentieth century, but thanks to conservation efforts have since made a comeback, reclaiming their rightful place as the monarchs of the southern wetlands. 302 p.