The West Indian manatee is found primarily along the coast of Florida. Most adult manatees are about 10 feet long and weigh up to 1,200 pounds. Manatees spend their lives moving between freshwater, brackish, and saltwater environments. They prefer large, slow- moving rivers, river mouths, and shallow coastal areas. Although primarily freshwater animals, alligators will occasionally venture into brackish water. Alligators depend on the wetlands, and in some ways the wetlands depend on them. As apex predators, they help control the population of rodents and other animals that might overtax the marshland vegetation. Adult Alligators generally have dark grey or nearly black color. Averaging about 9.5 in in length when newly hatched, alligators reach sexual maturity when they measure about 5–7 ft .Adult male alligators average 11.2 ft in length. Average adult body weights are reported from 270 to 800 lb with a few exceptionally large and old males exceeding 14 ft and 1,000 pounds.
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