Alligators are very important to the ecology of their habitat. During droughts they dig deep holes, or "dens," which provide water for surrounding wildlife communities.

In cooler climates Aligators hibernate in dens , coming out in the early spring to breed.

Alligators have been relentlessly hunted for their hides and have been radically reduced in numbers. The encroachment of industrial and residential development has had an extreme impact on both range and maturation.

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