Growth and Condition of American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) in an Inland Wetland of East Texas

@inproceedings{Saalfeld2008GrowthAC,
  title={Growth and Condition of American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) in an Inland Wetland of East Texas},
  author={David T. Saalfeld and Kevin K. Webb and Warren C. Conway and Gary E. Calkins and Jeffrey P. Duguay},
  year={2008}
}
Abstract Since removal from the endangered species list, Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator) populations have recovered to allow regulated harvest throughout most of their range. However, harvest/population management is complicated since alligators are long-lived, reach sexual maturity at a minimum size rather than age, and experience differential growth rates depending on geographic location, growing season length, local environmental conditions, habitat, and population density… 
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