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Norristown in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis

— Elmwood Park Zoo —

 
 
American Alligator Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 19, 2022
1. American Alligator Marker
Inscription.  
May grow as long as 15 feet.
Have 80 teeth, which will regenerate if lost.

Diet: Fish, turtles, birds, snakes, frogs, small mammals, smaller alligators.

Range: Atlantic coast of North America from North Carolina through Florida and Gulf Coast of Florida into Texas.

When alligators are ready to hatch from their eggs, they call to their mother, who digs them out of the nest mound and carries each hatchling to water.

Quick Fact - The temperature of the nest determines whether the alligators will hatch as males or females.

Conservation Corner
Alligators were listed as endangered in the 1960s from overhunting. State and federal protection and habitat preservation efforts have helped to save the American alligator from extinction.
 
Erected by Elmwood Park Zoo.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEnvironmentIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 40° 7.992′ N, 75° 20.342′ 
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W. Marker is in Norristown, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Harding Boulevard and Chain Street, on the right when traveling south. The marker stands on the grounds of the Elmwood Park Zoo. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown PA 19401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named American Alligator (a few steps from this marker); North American River Otter (within shouting distance of this marker); Donald Kimmel (within shouting distance of this marker); Bald Eagle (within shouting distance of this marker); Barred Owl (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peregrine Falcon (about 300 feet away); Nene (about 400 feet away); Giraffe (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norristown.
 
American Alligator Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 19, 2022
2. American Alligator Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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