Image # 7722
American Alligator adult eating nutria
American Alligator eating nutria. I don't know for certain if this alligator had actually caught the nutrua or found it dead, but it was not about to let go of it come hell or high water. The relative freshness of the nutria makes me think that the gator had caught it fair and square. Once nearly extirpated due to the poaching for the leather trade, alligators are one of the Endangered Species Act's success stories. Alligators generally range in length from six to fifteen feet and are found in freshwater marshes, rivers, swamps, canals and even the occasional swimming pool.