Where do Alligators Sleep?
You can spot an American alligator in the Florida Everglades and these large reptiles call any freshwater or slow-moving river home. There are so many interesting facts about alligators and you may be wondering where they sleep and if they hibernate. While alligators are large and scary in nature, there are ways to avoid an attack if you come in close contact with one. Many people from around the world travel to South Florida to visit the beautiful and breathtaking Florida Everglades. At Everglades Holiday Park, we provide airboat tours in Miami so that visitors can get up close and personal with the unique wildlife such as an American alligator. We explain the interesting facts about these creatures such as their sleep patterns and where they live.
Where do Alligators Live?
Alligators live in any freshwater area such as a swamp, marsh, or lake. They do not last very long in saltwater and their natural habitat is comprised of grasslands that have plenty of prey for them. The Florida Everglades is home to so many alligators and this is the one place where both alligators and crocodiles cohabitate. When a baby alligator is first hatched, they tend to stay by their mother until it’s time to fend for themselves and explore their habitat.
Alligators do not hibernate. Instead, they undergo phases of dormancy when the temperatures drop and it becomes too cold for them to be out in the open. They create a “gator hole” along the waterway that provides protection during extreme weather conditions. They essentially dig tunnels in the mud where they sleep and when they come out of the gator hole, other animals come in and inhabit the area. It can be hard to say how long these gators will sleep in the tunnels, however once the weather starts to warm up, they will come out of the dormancy. Alligators also slow down during the winter months and this is due to the colder waters and living environment.
If you take an airboat ride through the Everglades, you may come across some gators sunbathing on rocks as they love to sleep in the sun. They mostly feed at night and are sleeping at different parts of the day. These reptiles will take every chance they can get to bask in the sun and take long naps.
While you may come across a gator that appears to be sleeping, it’s very important that you keep your distance as these gators know no limits for prey. If you are looking for a thrilling outdoor adventure, Everglades Holiday Park provides airboat tours in Miami. You may come across some of the most exciting wildlife that these historic grasslands have to offer. For more information on the airboat tours and other outdoor excursions we offer, give us a call today! We are open 7 days a week rain or shine.