Common Name: Alligator Fossil Scute
Genus/Species: Alligator mississippiensis
Age: 2.4 Million - 11,000 Years old
Location: Marion County, Florida, USA
This is a first-class Fossil Alligator Scute or Boney Osteoderm. It is black with a little chocolate in color and part of the armor plate or dermal scute from a Pleistocene Alligator. Super nice quality and detail on this scute. Fantastic for any collection. Actual Specimen Pictured & Guaranteed Authentic. This is a fine example of a prehistoric reptile from Florida.
What could represent Florida better
than the American Alligator? The name "Alligator" comes from the Spanish
form el lagarto (“the lizard”), which the Spanish explorers and
settlers, in Florida, called the Alligator.
Alligators have a wider nose and darker color than the crocodile does. You can see the upper teeth when the Alligator's jaws are closed. You can see both the upper and lower teeth in a crocodiles mouth.
On average they weigh about 800 pounds and are about 13 feet in length. The largest ever recorded, in Florida, was 17'5" long.
Alligator habitat is in fresh or brackish marshes, bays, rivers, lakes, swamps, and ponds. They are typically shy and non-aggressive but can occasionally be a problem. Alligator diet includes gar fish, turtles, snakes, frogs, small mammals, and birds.
Although their bodies are heavy and their metabolisms are slow, they can generate short bursts of speed exceeding 30 mph.
Size: 1.95" W x 1.87" L x 1.01" Thickness
Item #: GAT021