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In North Carolina alligators live in swamps and waterways from Brunswick County north to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. It is the state's largest reptile and can weigh up to 600 pounds and measure 12 feet. North Carolina is one of nine states where the American alligator roams, and the state is the limit of its northern range.
Standing two feet tall and having a wingspread of five feet, the great horned owl is an impressive hunter and predator. It has a natural camouflage that makes it difficult to spot, and its eagle-like wings give it a powerful lifting capacity.
North Carolina leads the country in the loss of farm and forest lands. In the last decade, over one million acres have been lost, and in their stead stand shopping centers, housing developments, parking lots and roads. With massive increases in population, especially in the area of retirees, and the ongoing destruction of the natural world, land conservation in North Carolina is crucial to its future.