10. Birds of the Everglades

Although alligators win the popularity contest of animals that people hope to see when they visit the Everglades, there are many other fascinating forms of wildlife that you will likely encounter. This is the tenth of 12 Things You Should Know about Alligators and Everglades Wildlife, a free eBook.

9. Fun Alligator Facts and Trivia

Photo courtesy of Flickr user jking89. Here are some fun alligator facts to help you win at trivia games! The average lifespan of an American alligator is about 30-35 years, but in captivity they can live more than 50 years. The oldest alligator in captivity lives in the Belgrade Zoo in Serbia. He’s named Mujo, and he’s over 76 years …

8. Where to See Alligators

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Guillaume Capron. One of the best places to spot an alligator is on a Florida Everglades airboat tour, which puts you right in the middle of an alligator’s natural habitat. American alligators are mostly found in the Southeastern United States. You can see them anywhere from Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia and North Carolina all …

7. Are Alligators Endangered?

Alligator hide. Photo courtesy of Flickr user zappowbang. This is the seventh of 12 Things You Should Know about Alligators and Everglades Wildlife, a free eBook. Alligators are no longer considered endangered. However, at one point, alligators were in great danger of extinction. From the 1800s through the mid-1900s, gators were often hunted for their skins, which were used in making …

5. What Alligators Eat

Breakfast, lunch and dinner? Courtesy of Flickr user ingridtaylar. This is the fifth of 12 Things You Should Know about Alligators and Everglades Wildlife, a free eBook. Alligators are mostly opportunistic predators. They eat whatever is the easiest prey, based on size and availability. Their diet consists primarily of fish, birds, turtles, snakes, frogs, mammals and crème brûlée (we may have …

4. How Fast Can Alligators Run?

Gator out for a stroll. Courtesy of Flickr user Andrea Westmoreland. This is the fourth of 12 Things You Should Know about Alligators and Everglades Wildlife, a free eBook. “If you are ever being chased on land by an alligator, you should run in a zig-zag pattern.” Have you heard that myth before? Actually, the chances of you being chased by …

3. How Big Are Alligators?

Gator toes. Courtesy of Flickr user Tim Pearce. This is the third of 12 Things You Should Know about Alligators and Everglades Wildlife, a free eBook. So, just how big are alligators? According to the Everglades National Park website, the largest alligator ever recorded in Florida was 17 feet 5 inches long. The largest alligator ever recorded anywhere was found in …

2. What’s the Difference between Alligators and Crocodiles?

Left: Alligator, courtesy Norbert Nagel. Right: Crocodile, courtesy Flickr user Tambako the Jaguar. This is the second of 12 Things You Should Know about Alligators and Everglades Wildlife, a free eBook. Alligators are often confused with their close cousins, the crocodiles. The confusion is understandable, since all alligators are crocodilians, but not all crocodilians are alligators! (All squares are rectangles, but not …