American alligator and scuba diver

Alligators and Caimans: Alligatoridae, American alligator: Alligator mississippiensis, Crocodilia, Marine Life, Reptiles, Reptilia, copyrighted, marine, ocean, rare, scuba diver, underwater, underwater photo

This rare photograph of an American alligator in salt water was taken a mile offshore of a reef in Palm Beach, Florida. Regularly found in fresh water lakes and rivers, alligators can tolerate salt water, but only for short span of time. The salt glands on the American alligator are nonfunctional, unlike that of its close cousin, the American crocodile.