When Do Alligators Feed?
Alligators are large reptiles that can be found in fresh water, canals, and rivers. You can be sure to find them in the Florida Everglades as well. The American alligator has a large population in Florida and it’s important to understand where they live and when they feed, as they can be extremely dangerous to humans in some cases. Everglades Holiday Park, an airboat tour and alligator park located in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida provides the ultimate outdoor adventure for people of all ages. Through years of experience, we’ve compiled some important information about when alligators feed and what they eat.
Alligators will Eat What’s Available to Them
Alligators primarily eat their prey at dusk or during the nighttime. An alligator’s diet consists mostly on what is available to them as they aren’t known to travel far for a meal. They will feed on fish, frogs, small mammals, and even smaller alligators. Alligator teeth are designed for crushing their prey and holding on for a strong grip. A common misconception about alligators is that they have poor eyesight. Their sharp eyesight is an important factor for hunting and they can always sense movement in the water. While you should not swim in grassy and murky water anyways, it’s extremely important to stay away during dusk and nighttime as this is the time alligators are on the hunt. You should never feed a wild alligator as it is against the law in Florida and their fear of humans could diminish if this were to occur.
You must be extremely careful if you are around alligators and it’s important to understand the facts about these large water creatures. You can safely get up close and personal with all the wildlife in the Everglades by taking an airboat tour from Everglades Holiday Park. Book your excursion today to learn more about the alligator species and the Wetlands!
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