Thermoregulation and its Effects in the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

By Nick Orobello

The American aligator. Permission granted by Rod Ostoski.

The American alligator. Permission granted by Rod Ostoski. (10/17/11)

The purpose of this website is to review recent research describing how the American alligator thermoregulates.  Moreover, I will summarize how the alligator’s thermal biology shapes its ecological niche and how global warming may endanger this reptilian species.  The legend on the bottom of this page provides links to subsections of this discussion.



Biochemical Acclimatization

Thermoregulatory Behavior

Physiological Regulation


Niche and Ecological Implications

Related Information



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This website was created as a part of a class project in the Animal Physiology Class at Davidson College.

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