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Living With Alligators – It’s Just the South Florida Way

Living with alligators in Florida

Living with alligators is always an adventure. Paul Bedard of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, Everglades Holiday Park

Ask anyone from the Midwest, even the west coast their thoughts on alligators and you’re likely to hear a range of responses from, “scary” and “vicious” to “exciting” or “interesting”. To most Floridians going on a routine Everglades excursion, living with alligators is simply part of life in the sunshine state, and a very special part indeed. So what is it about these curious reptiles that we love so much? Here are just a few thoughts that make living with alligators.

Gators, Gators, Everywhere

South Florida is known for its lavish beaches, gorgeous sunsets, and even prettier people. But it’s also home to scores of American alligators. Gators, as we lovingly call them, have been around for generations, inhabiting Florida’s swamps, marshlands, rivers, and lakes for centuries. In fact, alligators can be found in all 67 counties throughout the state. It’s true, there is no escaping gators in these parts. Typically, gators try to keep to themselves, but as the population surges, as it always does, human-gator interaction becomes more and more prevalent, which makes spotting one on an Everglades airboat tour likely. And that’s why there are stories in the news every so often of gators showing up in residential areas, swimming pools, and even on front porches of unsuspecting homes.

The Work of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue

While most residents are aware that living with alligators in South Florida is just business as usual, it doesn’t mean coexisting with reptiles is easy or comes naturally. In fact, quite the opposite is true, and that’s where the good work of the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue comes in handy. Expert gator handlers, with a love all things gator of course, work to save as many “nuisance” alligators as possible in the state. Whether it’s a backyard or a community lake, when the call comes in, the guys and gals head out to capture the reptile, bringing it to Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale where it can live in safety. The Gator Boys team shares a unique passion for alligators, and they strive to educate anyone who will listen on the importance of protecting our state’s most iconic residents.

Living With Alligator – Safety Tips

It’s never a bad idea to brush up on a few tips for living with alligators and staying safe. Here are just a few points complements of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

  • Never feed Alligators – Not only is it illegal, but it’s not safe. Feeding teaches gators to associate people with food, and that’s never a good thing.
  • If you enjoy fishing, don’t throw garbage or food waste into the water. Alligators will find it, and you’ll be feeding them unintentionally.
  • If you are bitten by an alligator, seek professional medical attention right away. Serious infection can result, and it’s not smart to self-medicate.
  • Never swim out of posted swimming areas, or areas known to be inhabited by alligators
  • Finally, never harass or threaten an alligator.

Are You Ready to Visit With the Alligators In South Florida?

Alligators are a critical part of Florida’s wetlands and fantastic to see in person and photograph. If you’re ready to visit with a few of our favorite locals, consider an adventure at Everglades Holiday Park, home to the Gator Boys. Of course, the Gator Boys, crew performs daily putting on an educational and entertaining live show for guests. A family fun destination for learning about living with alligators or exploring their habitat, with narrated airboat tours, animal encounters, live shows and of course, plenty of gators, a day at Everglades Holiday Park is a day you’re likely to remember forever.

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