Chinese alligators, also known as Yangtse alligators, spend the winter hibernating in burrows. They are nocturnal. They mostly eat molluscs and fish, but are known to catch birds and mammals upon occasion - leading to conflict with farmers when they eat domestic ducks.
Scientific name: Alligator sinensis
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Chinese alligator distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
Discover what these behaviours are and how different plants and animals use them.
Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 1996
Classified by: IUCN 2.3
The Chinese alligator (simplified Chinese: 扬子鳄; traditional Chinese: 揚子鱷, (yáng zǐ è) Alligator sinensis) is one of two known living species of Alligator, a genus in the family Alligatoridae. It is native only to eastern China.
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