The American alligator sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator or common alligator, is a large crocodilian typically found in the Southeastern United States. The American alligator inhabits freshwater wetlands, such as marshes and cypress swamps from Texas to North Carolina. It is distinguished from the American crocodile by its broader snout, with overlapping jaws and darker coloration, and is less tolerant of seawater but more tolerant of colder climates. Alligators also play important roles in wetland ecosystems through the creation of “alligator holes” which provide wetter or drier habitats for other organisms.
These tortoises may attain a length of 10 to 14inches with males being slightly larger than females. Male tortoises have a longer gular horn than females, their plastron (lower shell) is concave compared to female tortoises. Males have larger tails than females do. Their shells are high-domed, and greenish-tan to dark brown in color. The front limbs have sharp, claw-like scales and are flattened for digging. Back legs are skinnier and very long.
Royal/ Ball Python
Python is a nonvenomous python species found in Africa. This is the smallest of the African pythons and is also known as royal python or ball python. The name “ball python” refers to the animal’s tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened. The name “royal python” is based in part on the story that Cleopatra supposedly wore the snake around her wrist. The color pattern is typically black or dark brown with light brown or gold sides and dorsal blotches. The belly is a white or cream that may include scattered black markings.
Western Pond Turtle
The dorsal color is usually dark brown or dull olive. The shell is 4.5 to 8.25 inches in length. The dorsal shell (carapace) is low and broad, usually widest behind the middle, and in adults is smooth, lacking a keel or serrations.