Filmmakers Richard C. and Richard S. Kern explore the predatory habits of the American Alligator. Impressive footage featured includes up close and personal shots of a 10′ alligator underwater, as well as a night-feeding scene.


Vocabulary List

  • Vertebrate: An animal sub phylum which includes all animals with a brain enclosed in a cranium and a segmented spinal column. (Includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish)
  • Scute bone: A bony plate under the skin (alligators, armadillos, turtles)
  • Metabolism: The sum of all physical and chemical processes which produce, maintain or destroy an organism’s material substance (its body) and makes its energy
  • Apex: Summit; climax; highest point

PowerPoint lesson

American Alligator: Apex Predator