five million alligators inhabit
more than 10
million acres of territory that is shared with more than 130 million humans,
both residents and visitors. With these numbers, there's bound
to be interaction between the great reptile and its human counterpart.
So, how do we all get along?
(Image above left: © istockphoto/frederj)
you live in alligator land or plan to visit,
it's good to know how to conduct yourself around these
remarkable beasts. Acquiring knowledge of the nature around you
will improve your quality
of life by helping you and your loved
ones to be safe and to
enjoy your area's natural environment.
This promotes improved quality of life for humans
wildlife. While large scaly reptiles among us may inspire fear
and fable, you'll find peace of mind and probably fascination
when you learn more about the great saurian known as the
wherever we are we're connected to the air, the water, to
everything molecular in our realm, ours is all a
world, isn't it? Not just in a swamp or a forest, but in our own
living rooms as well. We are ecologically tied with all: A
bellowing alligator, a mighty tree, a violent rainstorm, a buzzing mosquito, a sleeping squirrel,
a waterway spilling into the ocean, or a
field of planted vegetables. It's in our fundamental interest to
understand, cherish and keep this bond with our Earth. This
applies no less with our link to these great reptiles, which
share habitat with us.
This website was designed
as an easy-to-use information portal, chock full of images,
color and writing, for all those living in or
visiting the alligator's land (or for any curious reader) to learn about this reptile in a way that fosters a
respect, enjoyment and appreciation of it
without undue fear,
and with a balanced perspective on this animal's distinguished
place in our world.
Click on one of the tabs above to read more:
Staying Safe offers 12
tips on alligator safety and sheds light on alligator behaivor
and biology; About
the species; About
a croc little-known by the public, a reptile which shares
habitat with its alligator relative in southern Florida;
page is a valuable resource for
contacting various government agencies that deal with alligators
and may also connect you to some of the best related resources
on the Internet.
I've been inspired by the majesty
of the alligator since I was a small boy growing up in south
Florida, and while working closely with them over the years.
While we enjoy advanced technology like smartphones and electric
cars, we still share habitat with an animal that links us to our
muddy, primordial past, a dragon from a group of reptiles that
has barely been altered by the forces of 200
million years of evolution. I
hope some of my peculiar passion may enhance your perception of
the natural world and of your own role in it.