American alligator

American alligator

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Credit: BOB GIBBONS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: American alligator (Alligator mississipiensis) lying in long grass. It is warming its body in the heat of the sun. This animal is an example of an ectothermic organism, one which controls its temperature using its external environment. Photographed in Florida, USA.

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