Alligators are native to the United States and China. They can be found in the Southeastern parts of the United States. They are commonly found all over Florida and Louisiana, as well as in Southern parts of Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama. In the coastal areas of South and North Carolina, The Atlantic Coast of North America, Eastern Texas, Along the Gulf Coast into Texas, and the Southeastern corner of Oklahoma, as well as in the Southern tip of Arkansas. The Chinese alligator can only be found in the Yangtze River valley and is extremely endangered. Alligators are restricted to the Coastal Plain, which includes the Central Savannah River Area of Georgia, and South Carolina.
These creatures typically live in these parts of the globe, and can be found in swampy areas, rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. Females and juveniles occasionally use seasonal wetlands such as the Carolina Bays. Alligators are primarily freshwater animals, however some have been known to occasionally venture out into brackish salt water. Alligators are also quite abundant on the Savannah River Site, including the river itself, its swamp and tributaries and other reservoirs on the site such as L-Lake and Par Pond. Alligators are quite common in swamps, bogs, and marshes in Florida.
Alligators live in somewhat colder climates, whereas crocodiles can only be found in tropical and subtropical areas of the world.