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Quiz about facts about the Florida alligator.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    How many teeth does the alligator have when fully grown?

    • A.

      20-30

    • B.

      40-60

    • C.

      70-80

    Correct Answer
    C. 70-80
    Explanation
    Alligators have 70-80 teeth when fully grown. These teeth are not replaced if lost, so they may have fewer teeth as they age. Alligators use their teeth for catching and holding prey, and their teeth are designed for gripping and tearing. Having a large number of teeth allows them to effectively capture and consume their prey.

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  • 2. 

    How old do alligators usually live in the wild?

    • A.

      30-40 years

    • B.

      15-20 years

    • C.

      40-50 years

    Correct Answer
    A. 30-40 years
    Explanation
    Alligators usually live for about 30-40 years in the wild. This is the average lifespan for these reptiles in their natural habitat. They can live longer in captivity, but in the wild, various factors such as predation, disease, and competition for resources contribute to their relatively shorter lifespan.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following are usual to an alligator's diet?

    • A.

      Small fish

    • B.

      Whales

    • C.

      Invertebrates

    • D.

      Reptiles

    • E.

      Corn

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Small fish
    C. Invertebrates
    D. Reptiles
    Explanation
    Alligators typically have a diet that consists of small fish, invertebrates, and reptiles. They are carnivorous predators and feed on a variety of aquatic animals such as fish, turtles, snakes, and small mammals. Whales are not part of an alligator's diet as they are much larger marine mammals and not found in the same habitats as alligators. Corn is also not part of their diet as they are primarily meat-eaters.

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  • 4. 

    There are more than 1,000 American crocodiles, not including hatchlings, in Florida. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because it states that there are more than 1,000 American crocodiles in Florida, excluding hatchlings. This indicates that the population of American crocodiles in Florida is significant and suggests that the species is thriving in the region.

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  • 5. 

    A typical grown male alligator can grow around how many feet?

    • A.

      10

    • B.

      6

    • C.

      15

    • D.

      20

    Correct Answer
    C. 15
    Explanation
    A typical grown male alligator can grow up to 15 feet in length. Alligators are known for their large size, with males usually being larger than females. They can reach impressive lengths and are capable of becoming formidable predators. This length allows them to effectively hunt and capture their prey in their natural habitat, such as rivers, swamps, and marshes.

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  • 6. 

    A new born alligator is around 15 to 20 inches long.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A new born alligator is not around 15 to 20 inches long. Instead, a new born alligator is typically around 6 to 8 inches long. Therefore, the statement is false.

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  • 7. 

    The alligator belongs to the order...

    Correct Answer
    Crocodylia
    Explanation
    The alligator belongs to the order Crocodylia. This is because Crocodylia is the scientific name for the order of reptiles that includes crocodiles, alligators, and caimans. Alligators share many common characteristics with other members of this order, such as a long snout, powerful jaws, and a semi-aquatic lifestyle. Therefore, it is correct to say that the alligator belongs to the order Crocodylia.

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  • 8. 

    The alligators body is about ______ of its body.

    Correct Answer
    Half
    50%
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Half, 50%". This means that the alligator's body occupies approximately half of its total body size. In other words, the body of the alligator is equal to 50% of its entire body.

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  • 9. 

    At what age do alligators breed?

    • A.

      8-10 years old

    • B.

      10-14 years old

    • C.

      18-25 years old

    Correct Answer
    A. 8-10 years old
    Explanation
    Alligators breed at the age of 8-10 years old. This is the age when they reach sexual maturity and are capable of reproducing. Breeding at a younger age would not be beneficial for the alligators as they may not be physically and sexually developed enough to successfully reproduce. Waiting until they are older than 10 years old may result in a decrease in fertility and reproductive success. Therefore, 8-10 years old is the ideal age for alligators to breed.

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  • 10. 

    Alligators can run up to 30 mph.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Alligators are known for their speed and agility in water, but they can also move quickly on land. They have powerful legs and can reach speeds of up to 30 mph when running. This allows them to chase down prey or escape from potential threats. Therefore, the statement "Alligators can run up to 30 mph" is true.

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  • 11. 

    Alligators are found through Southeastern and Southwestern United States.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Alligators are not found throughout Southeastern and Southwestern United States. They are primarily found in freshwater habitats such as marshes, swamps, rivers, and lakes in the Southeastern United States, including states like Florida, Louisiana, and Georgia. While they may occasionally be found in other parts of the country, their main distribution is limited to specific regions within the Southeastern United States.

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  • 12. 

    A member of the crocodile family, alligators are living fossils that can be traced back  to?

    • A.

      300 million years

    • B.

      150 million years

    • C.

      230 million years

    Correct Answer
    C. 230 million years
    Explanation
    Alligators are living fossils that can be traced back to 230 million years. This means that the species has remained relatively unchanged for a very long time, making them a unique and ancient group of reptiles. Through fossil evidence and genetic studies, scientists have determined that alligators have been around for millions of years, adapting and surviving in various environments. Their longevity and resilience are a testament to their evolutionary success.

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  • 13. 

    In what season do alligators mate? 

    • A.

      Winter

    • B.

      Fall

    • C.

      Spring

    • D.

      Summer

    Correct Answer
    C. Spring
    Explanation
    Alligators mate in the spring because it is the mating season for them. During this time, the temperature and environmental conditions are favorable for reproduction. The warmer weather stimulates their metabolism and increases their activity levels, making it the ideal time for mating. Additionally, the abundance of food in the spring ensures that both males and females are in good health and ready to reproduce.

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  • 14. 

    The American Alligator looks exactly like the American Crocodile.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The American Alligator and the American Crocodile are two distinct species of reptiles. While they may share some similarities, they have several distinguishing features that set them apart. The American Alligator has a broader snout, while the American Crocodile has a longer, narrower snout. Additionally, the American Alligator is primarily found in freshwater habitats, while the American Crocodile is typically found in coastal areas. Therefore, the statement that the American Alligator looks exactly like the American Crocodile is false.

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  • 15. 

    What is the number one predator of alligators?

    • A.

      Humans

    • B.

      Bears

    • C.

      Snakes

    • D.

      Seals

    Correct Answer
    A. Humans
    Explanation
    Humans are considered the number one predator of alligators. This is because humans hunt alligators for their skin, meat, and other body parts. Additionally, human activities such as habitat destruction and pollution have a significant impact on alligator populations. While bears, snakes, and seals may occasionally prey on alligators, humans pose the greatest threat to their survival.

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