Reptilian couture! We just finished this awesome gator ring for an avid outdoors-man customer from Louisiana. The American alligator was designated the state reptile of Louisiana in 1983. The word Alligator comes from the Spanish “el lagarto”, meaning the lizard. Native to the Southeastern United States, alligators construct burrows, or “alligator holes” for shelter and hibernation. They are also known to find shelter in swimming pools during the dry months.