A North America filled with alligators?

As the winter pulls back and becomes more moderate across north america, how much will the habitable range of the american alligator expand?

An article this week
https://www.southernthing.com/alligators-are-moving-into-tennessee-wildlife-agency-reports-2638668831.html
mentioned that alligators are beginning to head north into Tennessee. The question is, is this part of their normal historical range or because the winters are growing more mild?

as the winters get milder and milder, how far can they transverse north on waterways? what will surprise people. what are the limits to their cold hardiness?

a mississippi full of gators or does that already exist? the great lakes full of gators?

probably just recovering their historical range
its a good question though, what is their historical range and if it was too cold to support them there before, what will their new habitable range be in the future?
Alligators are the closest thing to a modern cold tolerant crocodilian. Need to expand back to historic range. Then farther. Rewild them everywhere.
as the winters get milder and milder, how far can they transverse north on waterways? what will surprise people. what are the limits to their cold hardiness?
a mississippi full of gators or does that already exist? the great lakes full of gators?
ok so thats historical. MORE. how far north can they go as the climate warms
so tennessee is not part of the historical range. technically it could be because tennessee’s winters are getting more mild
nobody else wants to extrapolate out into this future do they??
i want great lakes gators. canadian gators. go all the way
Brian Lavin Chris Hind the cool thing is they terraform making pits that hold water etc. So they’ll bring a specific environment. Plus I wonder if they’ll eventually go more terrestrial if they have to walk more. A few terestrial crocs almost made it to modern times.

wait till they get to kentucky and occupy the flooded areas from beavers. and then youll have gators gulping down beavers
nature is dynamic and adaptable. its not static, its not a china cabinet. extrapolating out the consequences of the winter pulling back is fascinating
The American Croc will do better as well as more brackish/salt shoreline becomes habitible.
well if the ocean begins to rise it will colonize all that flooded housing habitat on the southern end of florida
it will be mangroves, casuarinas and american croc nests
Brian Lavin Chris Hind its just the return of all the stuff that got jammed into South Florida and managed to survive. Hopefully the Rio Grande Valley stuff expands North too but not sure that’s possible yet.