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The alligator population in North Carolina is steadily growing, particularly in the southeastern part of the state. Despite recent growth and state laws that prohibit alligator hunting, North Carolina's gator population is still in danger.
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.