About two hours south of Port Charlotte is the Everlades… and Everglades City. We took an airboat tour (one of many available in the area).
This is an eleven foot (approx.) alligator that miraculously came swimming up to our airboat when Cap’n Steve called to him from the side of the swamp. “Come here boy.” I guess it was looking to be fed….. though he didn’t feed it. (It’s illegal to feed them.)… But I’m thinking it’s good for business.
This is me with a 2 foot live gator after our tour. This particular gator is handled by most of the airboat tourists (photo ops like this).
A few alligator facts courtesy of our guide Cap’n Steve:
- Gators live up to 120 years
- They grow up to 14 feet in length and weigh up to 1,000 pounds.
- Cap’n Steve said that there are 3–4 gators for every person in Florida.
- Gators are fresh water reptiles while crocodiles are salt water reptiles.
- Although the tail of the alligator is considered the prime cut, all the meat of the alligator is edible.
- Alligators can run at speeds of up to 20–30 miles per hour on land.
- Alligators have a round snout while crocodiles have a tapered snout.