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Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Alligators and Regenerators

How long can alligators live out of the water? Are there more animals out there that can re-grow body parts? Read this week’s Ask Your Weird Animal Questions.

Your Weird Animal Questions Answered: Biggest Great White Shark

In our weekly column, we tell you how spiders walk on water, how many teeth alligators have, and more.

Caught Giant Alligators Break Records; How Big Do Gators Get?

By Ker Than Two record-setting heavyweight alligators were killed by hunters in Mississippi this weekend, just three days into the start of the official gator hunting season. One animal, a male, was 13-feet and 6.5-inches (4.13 meters) long and weighed 727 pounds (330 kilograms). “When we finally got an arrow in him, it took us…

Geography in the News: The Everglades’ Python Solution

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com* Florida’s famous Everglades National Park is experiencing one of its greatest ecological threats. Burmese pythons, which are native to Southeast Asia, are devastating the native wildlife of the Everglades. How the pythons reached South Florida and became a reproducing population of thousands that…

Bonfires Light the Way for Papa Noel in Louisiana

Many kids wonder how Santa will find their house, but in Cajun country children know Papa Noel will find them.

Yes, We Eat Alligator: And other Louisiana Gator Questions Answered

When traveling farther afield, people seem fascinated with some of my Louisiana neighbors: the alligators.

The Truth About “True Blood’s” Marshmallow-Eating Gators

Do alligators really eat marshmallows? We had to find out after watching True Blood. For the uninitiated, True Blood is an HBO television series wherein vampires coexist with humans in a town called Bon Temps, La. In Sunday’s episode, Tommy kills his parents and, with the help of his brother Sam, disposes of them in…

14-foot Alligator Bagged in Florida Breaks State Record

(FWC photo) “That was the second luckiest day of my life; the first was when I married my wife, Janette,” said Robert “Tres” (pronounced “Tray”) Ammerman, after he bagged the alligator which turned out to be the longest on record in Florida. Ammerman, a licensed practical nurse at Florida Living Nursing Center in Apopka, has…

NG Weekend: Tragedy, Heroism on K2

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about K2, the invention of GIS, biking across the U.S., alligators, Restropo, Plastiki, kayaking in Kamchatka, and the “Zero-Second Rule.” Hour 1 Seasoned climber Freddie Wilkinson recently completed a book about a climbing tragedy on K2, the mountain second only to Everest…

The crocodiles that hang around a nuclear power station

Biscayne National Park–What’s the difference between a crocodile and an alligator? It’s a common question visitors ask National Park Service rangers. There are very clear differences in skull shape and coloring–and surprisingly, according to some experts, the American crocodile is less aggressive than the American alligator. The American croc is evidently a lot more genteel…

Chinese Alligators Reintroduced from U.S. Are Breeding on Yangtze River Island

Chinese alligators reintroduced into China from the United States are breeding successfully in the wild on an island in the mouth of the Yangtze River, the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society said today. Photo © WCS “The alligator hatchlings–15 in number–are the offspring of a group of alligators that includes animals from the Wildlife Conservation…