Habitat

Alligatorids are restricted to freshwater areas and frequently are found in lakes, slow-moving streams and rivers,

The Yacaré caiman (Caiman yacare) in Brazil. (Photo by E. & P. Bauer. Bruce Coleman, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

swamps, marshes, and other wetland habitats. Some species even make use of roadside ditches. They prefer sites with slow-moving or still waters. They often inhabit vegetated areas, sometimes with muddy or murky water.

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