Interesting alligator facts!

It’s alligator mating season–nice, right?– so I thought as a Florida resident I’d pass on some important information regarding these prehistoric reptiles. The species has existed for 150 million years! They managed to avoid extinction 65 million years ago when their contemporaries, the dinosaurs died off.

They are Everywhere in FLORIDA!

I live in a gated Golf community in West Palm Beach, and I am surrounded by golfers and ‘gators. I can look out my window and watch them swim by. We co-exist alongside each other, but never do we get too comfortable in their vicinity. They are natural predators, and move extremely fast. We see them sun bathing on the edge of lakes, and trust me when the golf ball gets too close to one of them, a drop is better than a fight.

Here are some interesting facts taken from the internet.

There are about 1.3 million wild alligators in Florida, according to an estimate from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. That’s more than 22 per square mile and about one for every 15 residents.

Alligators prefer fresh water lakes and slow-moving rivers and their wetlands, but can also be found in brackish, or slightly salty, water.

Locals have spotted the reptiles in swimming pools and even garages, and receive more than 15,000 alligator-related complaints a year on average. The residents of Ibis can attest to this! Someone found a small gator under their car!


Alligators naturally fear humans, wildlife experts said. Only 23 people in Florida have died from unprovoked alligator attacks since 1948, as of April data from the commission. There have been 383 non-fatal bites reported in that time. While rare, alligator attacks are more likely to happen at night.


The reptiles become a threat, or “nuisance alligators,” when people feed them. Florida law prohibits the feeding of alligators because that removes their innate fear of humans. People can receive a $500 fine for doing so. The commission allows some 7,000 nuisance alligators to be killed each year.

As terrifying as these reptiles are, it is safe to bring your families and vacation in Florida!  Obey the warning signs and Please Don’t feed the Gators.


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About Patrice Wilton

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about. Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages. She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience. Her best selling books are the CANDY BAR series, SERENDIPITY FALLS series, and most recently PARADISE COVE and A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION series. She is a New York Times best selling author.  View website

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