Crocodilians of the American Southwest

Below is a list of the currently recognized species and subspecies of crocodilians that occur in the region we have defined as being the American Southwest.

To help maintain some degree of taxonomic stability and reduce confusion, the managers of SWCHR have elected to take a conservative taxonomic approach when deciding which scientific and common names to utilize in our species listings. Please click here for an explanation of our philosophy regarding taxonomic issues.

We invite you, our visitors, to submit high quality photographs for consideration to be included in our species accounts. Please include the scientific name of the specimen, your name and the state and county where the specimen was photographed.


ALLIGATORIDAE – Alligators and Caimans
        Alligator mississippiensis – American Alligator