Chinese Alligator - Alligator sinensis
Lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, swamps, and marshes.
Eastern China- found in a small area in the Yangtze River basin.
Nocturnal-hunting mainly at night
The Chinese alligator is generally dark green to black in color. Teeth are blunt which are perfect for crushing shelled animals.
Small-usually attaining a length up to 5 feet and can weigh 50-85 pounds. Males are around 5 feet and females around 4 ½ feet in length.
Lives into their 50s
They feed upon small invertebrates such as snails and mussels, as well as vertebrates such as fish, frogs, and rats.
Female Chinese alligators reach sexual maturity at 4-5 years of age. Nesting occurs between July and August, during which a small nest is made from decaying vegetation. The female lays 10-40 eggs, which hatch 70 days later. Moms help the young hatch and then carry the little ones from the nest to the water.
Critically endangered according to the IUCN Red List and endangered according to USFWS with efforts underway to reintroduce captive-bred animals to suitable wild habitats. They are listed under Appendix I of CITES and are part of an AZA Species Survival Plan.
- 1 of only 2 alligator species
- Only 130 left in the wild
- During cold, dry months, Chinese alligators brumate (similar to hibernate but with periods of waking)
- In 2003, the first captive born Chinese Alligators were released into their native range.
AZA cooperatively manages this species as a Species Survival Plan® Program.
- Adult (13 and over)$10.50
- Child (2 - 12)$7.50
- Child (1 and Under)FREE
- Senior (65+)$9.50
- Active Military$9.50
We begin transferring animals to evening (off exhibit) holding at 4:30 each night.
Open Daily 10:00-5:00
Last admission at 4:30