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Rocky: Male, hatched July 23, 1996 at Houston Zoo. He arrived at the Zoo on April 30, 2008.
Solitude Pond in the warmer months and the Reptile House in the winter.
The Chinese alligator is a secretive species that spends nearly six months of the year inactive in a subterranean burrow near the waters edge. Usually a nighttime hunter it feeds primarily on fish, mussels, and snails.
Nesting usually takes place in July or August. The female deposits between 10 and 40 eggs into a nest mound that she constructs from decaying vegetation. The eggs hatch in about 70 days.
Adults reach lengths up to 6.5 feet.
Adults can weigh up to 88 lbs.
Chinese alligators are carnivorous. The alligators have blunt teeth, which they use to crush their prey. In the wild these alligators consume mainly aquatic invertebrates such as clams, snails and insects but they will also prey upon fish and occassionaly small mammals such as rats and ducks. At the Zoo the Chinese alligator diet will consist of mice and fish.
Restricted to lower Yangtze River area in China.
On the 2011 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Chinese alligator is listed as Critically Endangered.
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