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All in a night’s work: Mazzotti has studied alligators in the Everglades for nearly 40 years. Photo by Amy Green
Environment

Scrawny Alligators Reflect Everglades’ Many Problems


In the Florida Everglades alligators are in trouble. The reptiles are scrawny, weighing 80 percent of what they should. The alligators grow slower, reproduce less and die younger. Researchers are trying to understand why the Everglades’ iconic species is in decline and what it means for the ailing river of grass.
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