Alligator mississippiensis, the American alligator;
Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2021).
A nearly-mythic archosaur originating millions of years ago and persisting into the Anthropocene of today, the American alligator is an iconic, everyday creature for me. They’re more common now than they were when I was a kid in the 1970s. Once upon an ago, the American alligator’s numbers were decimated due to unregulated hunting. With environmental protections set in place, however, their numbers steadily grew across their range. Today, American alligators are once again well-situated throughout the Floridian peninsula and elsewhere across their range.