Alligators The Illustrated Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation

By Kent A. Vliet

Alligators The Illustrated Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation PDF is The ultimate guide to understanding the biology and behavior of the amazing and underappreciated American alligator.

Few scenes put the senses on edge more than a submerged alligator, only eyes and snout showing, when peering across a southern lake on a misty morning. An iconic American predator, these reptiles grow to thirteen feet or more and can live as long as humans. Alligators are complex creatures, capable of terrific attacks and yet tending to their young in the same gentle way a mother duck looks after her brood. Once extremely numerous, alligators came close to extinction in the twentieth century, but thanks to conservation efforts have since made a comeback, reclaiming their rightful place as the monarchs of the southern wetlands.

In this fascinating account, richly illustrated with more than 150 photographs from award-winning wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch, expert zoologist Kent A. Vliet introduces readers to the biology, ecology, and natural history of the American alligator. Sharing nuanced depictions of their hidden lives that will forever change the way you think of these giant reptiles, the book

• combines captivating storytelling with the most current scientific facts
• chronicles the life cycle of the alligator
• explains why the alligator’s precise anatomy and physiology make it so successful
• covers a wide range of topics, from courtship and reproduction to communication, basking, nest-building, and hunting
• reveals the alligator’s sophisticated social life in detail
• evaluates the alligator’s environmental role as a keystone species
• examines the complicated relationship between alligators and people

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About Author 

Renowned wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Owls of the United States and Canada: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior and Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior.

Wayne Lynch began work as a full-time science writer and photographer in 1979. Today he is the author of numerous award-winning books and television documentaries and one of Canada’s best-known and most widely published photographers. His books include Wild Birds across the Prairies; Mountain Bears; A Is for Arctic; and Penguins of the World. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Table of Contents

    1. A dragon among us
    2. First encounters
    3. Alligator adaptations
    4. Where they live
    5. Sun bathers
    6. An alligator’s appetite
    7. Meet the relatives
    8. Love is in the water
    9. Small beginnings
    10. Long chances and long life
    11. Alligator societies
    12. Living with alligators
    13. From slaughter to salvation
    14. Alligators at sunset
    15. Appendix A. species names mentioned in the text
    16. Appendix B. places to see wild alligators.

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