American Alligator

The American alligator is found in the warm wetlands and swamps of the southeastern United States. Alligators are usually found in slow-moving freshwater rivers but they are also found in swamps, marshes and lakes. They can only tolerate salt water for brief periods.
An Alligator at The Greenville Zoo

Fun Facts


  • In the morning, alligators will come on to the land and bask in the sun.
  • As midday approaches and the sun becomes stronger, they tend to retreat back to the water.
  • Alligators cannot actually chew. Instead, they break their food with strong jaws.

How to Adopt


You can complete our online adoption form or use the Adopt-an-Animal form (PDF) to join the program. Simply fill it out and return it to the Greenville Zoo. Please make checks payable to the Greenville Zoo.
I'm a Wild Parent. Greenville Zoo