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.
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.