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American Alligator

King of the Everglades

The American Alligator – King of the Florida everglades, this creature never ceases to amaze me after all the years viewing them in the Florida Everglades on airboat tours. Most people who visit the everglades forget that this creature has been on earth for over 200 million years and has out lived the dinosaur. The  American Alligators life span is approximately 40 to 60 years in the wild but they have been known to live longer in captivity.

They are fascinating to watch in the wild and are the high light of the airboat tours most of the time. If you are in the everglades in the months of late July, August and September you may get a rare glimpse of a nesting area for the female Alligator. She will typically stay with the nest during the incubation period that will last approximately 65 days. After her newborns hatch she will stay with them for about two years protecting them from predators.

The American Alligator has always been one of the main focus points for visitors taking  airboat rides in the Everglades. During the Winter months in the Everglades when the temperatures are cooler and water levels ar lower Alligators tend to sun them selves more to keep warm. Most visitors think that summer time is best to view alligators sometimes this is not always true. Alligators will submerge themselves in the heat of the day and only been seen during cooler hours.