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Wild Things: Life as We Know It

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Coldblooded Devotion

(Maura McCarthy)

Like most reptiles, alligators tend to live a solitary existence. But during spring mating season, according to research conducted in Louisiana, they appear to resume long-term relationships. A ten-year genetic study of adults and offspring revealed that even though males and females often mated with multiple partners during any given season, many pairs reunited year after year.

Learn more about the American alligator at the Encyclopedia of Life.

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