12 Things You Should Know about Alligators and Everglades Wildlife

If you’re curious about alligators and other wildlife in the Everglades, you’re in luck! We’ve put together 12 interesting things you might want to know. Whether you’re thinking about vacationing in the Everglades or looking things up after you’ve already been there, you’ll find these blog posts informative: What Is an Alligator? What’s the Difference between Alligators and Crocodiles? How …

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 …

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 …

1. What Is an Alligator?

This is the first of 12 Things You Should Know about Alligators and Everglades Wildlife, a free eBook. Before we dive into all of the fun and interesting facts about alligators, we thought we should begin by describing exactly what these amazing creatures are. An alligator is a reptile in the Alligator genus. The genus is part of a larger order …