Do we have an "A" in this name, Nyack?
Good Morning Betty! I see you are as good as ever at this game! LOL!
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Hoping someone else will stop by to play!!
Is there an "N" in the name, Nyack?
Thanks Nyack. I was getting withdrawal symptoms.
lol, George- I made mistakes already!
A, N, T
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A, N, T, R
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Thank you! It`s the first time I have been able to guess anything here. Must have been too easy....petion signed of course!!!
Couldn`t find an alligator so the lizard will have to do!
YIPPEE!!! NYACK Good to See You ...I know you have been around but it hasn't been the same Nothing BAD intended .... Oh by the way Congratulations to Mette !!! Signed the petition and will see you around ...
Signed petition. Congratulations Mette!
Nyack thanks for bringing Hangman back! Too late to join in this time, looking forward to the next game.
Hello Betty and George.
The largest reptile in North America, the iconic American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is considered to be a living fossil, having survived on Earth in the same form for 200 million years. The name ‘alligator’ derives from the Spanish ‘el lagarto’ meaning ‘the lizard’, while the species name means ‘of the Mississippi’. Though often confused with various crocodile species, the American alligator can be distinguished by its rounded snout, and by the fact that when the jaws are closed, none of the lower teeth are visible. The body is armoured with thick scales, and bears a long, powerful tail, as well as sturdy limbs with webbed toes, which help to propel this species through the water. The eyes and snout are positioned on the top of the head, enabling the American alligator to breathe and watch for prey, while the rest of the body is submerged. This concealment is further enhanced by the colouration of the body, which is uniform black or olive-brown in the adult, with younger specimens possessing yellow banding across the body and tail. The American alligator’s jaws contain between 74 and 80 sharp, conical teeth, and are capable of delivering massive bite forces.
The American alligator is found in the south-east of the U.S.A., occurring in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, North and South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas, as far west as the Mexican border.
The American alligator is typically found in freshwater swamps and marshes, as well as in rivers, lakes and smaller water bodies. While saltwater is usually avoided, a degree of salinity can be tolerated for short periods, and individuals are sometimes found in brackish water around mangrove swamp.
Although the American alligator currently has a large and healthy population, during the 1950s this charismatic species was in danger of extinction. Widespread hunting for alligator skin, which is used to make high-quality leather, had resulted in catastrophic population declines, particularly in Louisiana and Florida. Fortunately, prohibition of alligator hunting reversed this trend, and while illegal poaching remained a problem, this too was later addressed through laws controlling movement of alligator hides.
Today, the main threats to the American alligator are habitat loss and degradation. Encroachment of human development on unprotected wetland areas is removing suitable habitat for this species. In addition, pollution is also having a detrimental effect, with low reproductive success and deformities exhibited by alligators exposed to high concentrations of contaminants.
The American alligator’s remarkable recovery is an excellent example of a conservation success story. A law passed in 1967 classified this species as endangered, providing formal recognition of its precarious status. Subsequently, in 1973, the American alligator was listed on the newly passed Endangered Species Act, prohibiting all hunting. As the numbers began to recover, monitoring programs were set-up by State wildlife agencies to ensure a continued population increase. By 1987, the population was considered fully recovered and removed from the endangered species list. Despite it’s recovery, the American alligator remains listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species -CITES-, which ensures that trade in products from this species is controlled through the use of permits and quotas. It is also still listed by the Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act as “Threatened due to similarity of appearance” The purpose of this regulation is to protect related, “look-alike”, endangered species such as some crocodiles and caimans, which may be hunted illegally, and the products passed off as coming from American alligators.
One of the most pressing concerns for the American alligator is the loss and degradation of its habitat. While protected areas provide a refuge for many populations, as a keystone species, the preservation of as much of this species’ habitat as possible is necessary to ensure healthy, biodiverse ecosystems.
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Thanks for the photos and info. Nyack.
Thank you Nyack. Great photos and interesting reading!
Noted Info. and Photos Nyack Thnx..
Also Signed the Petition 9/30/12 Nyack