The sprawl is a forward movement with the belly making contact with the ground and is used to transition to "high walk" or to slither over wet substrate into water.
The high walk is an up on four limbs forward motion used for overland travel with the belly well up from the ground.
Alligators move on land by two forms of locomotion referred to as "sprawl" and "high walk".
They may kill larger prey by grabbing it and dragging it into the water to drown.
Alligators consume food that cannot be eaten in one bite by allowing it to rot, or by biting and then spinning or convulsing wildly until bite-sized chunks are torn off. Critical to the alligator's ability to initiate a death roll, the tail must flex to a significant angle relative to its body.
The two living species are the American alligator (A. Alligators first appeared during the Oligocene epoch about 37 million years ago.
The Chinese alligator is smaller, rarely exceeding 2.1 m (6.9 ft) in length.