Awe-inspiring and astounding, the American alligator is the reptile that visitors to and natives of the southeastern United States love to fear. Lockwood (Still Waters: Images, 1971-1999), known for his marvelous photos of Southern swamps and their inhabitants (and voted a Louisiana Legend by Louisiana Public Broadcasting in 2000), toured the Gulf Coast, primarily of Louisiana and Florida, to capture the American alligator in all its prehistoric glory. In clear, lay reader terms, he provides basic information on "gator" natural history-there are a handful of pages on reproduction, food habits, taxonomy, and growth-but most of the text covers research, regulation, trapping, tourism, and alligator/human encounters. As solid as the information is, the 144 gorgeous color photographs are the true stars of the book. These images portray alligators in numerous environments, from the wild and wildlife refuges to alligator farms and theme parks. Recommended for natural history collections, especially those in the Southeast.-Lynn C. Badger, Univ. of Florida Lib., Gainesville Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.