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Alligator sinensis (Chinese alligator, T'o, Yow Lung, Yangtze alligator)

Synonyms: Caigator sinensis

Wikipedia Abstract

The Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) (simplified Chinese: 扬子鳄; traditional Chinese: 揚子鱷, yáng zǐ è), also known as the Yangtze alligator, is one of two known living species of Alligator, a genus in the family Alligatoridae. This critically endangered species is endemic to eastern China.
View Wikipedia Record: Alligator sinensis

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Alligator sinensis


Female Maturity [2]  4 years
Diet [1]  Carnivore
Gestation [2]  70 days
Hibernates [1]  Yes
Maximum Longevity [3]  61 years
Nocturnal [1]  Yes
Water Biome [1]  Lakes and Ponds, Rivers and Streams, Temporary Pools


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Changjiang Plain evergreen forests China Palearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Anhui Chinese Alligator Nature Reserve China

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Alexandria Zoological Park
Audubon Zoo
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservat'n Society
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Dallas Zoo
Detroit Zoological Society
Ellen Trout Zoo
Gladys Porter Zoo
Hong Kong Zool. & Botanical Gardens
Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden
Knoxville Zoological Gardens
Kyiv Zoological Park
Louisville Zoological Garden
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny Wybrzeza
Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens
Moscow Zoological Park
Musee d'Histoire Naturelle de Tournai
National Trust for Nature Conservation
Nogeyama Zoological Gardens Yokohama
Ocean Park Corporation
Osaka Municipal Tennoji Zool. Gdns.
Paradise Wildlife Park
Parc Zoologic de Barcelona
Peoria Zoo in Glen Oak Park
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Saint Louis Zoological Park
Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens
Sedgwick County Zoo
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
Staten Island Zoo
Tallinn Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo
Toledo Zoological Gardens
Zoologischer Garten Saarbruecken

Range Map

China (areas around the lower Yangzi River in Jiangau, Zhejiang, Anhui) Terra typica: "Chinkiang" [=Zhenjiang], Kiangsu Province, People's Republic of China; reported as "Wuhu, Anhwei" Province, by Pope 1935, Nat. Hist. Cent. Asia, Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 10;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Chen, B, Choalin, W & Baodong, L (1990). Observations on the burrow of Chinese alligator. In: Crocodiles. Proceedings of the 10th Working Meeting of the Crocodile Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland. pp. 47-53
3de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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