Lots of people are, and with good reason. They are pretty impressive creatures, and you might think they’re terrifying if you come face-to-face with one. You will not catch me swimming in certain parts of Florida for that very reason. Even pools are questionable, but then again, I have a very vivid imagination.
There are two kinds of alligators. One is the Chinese alligator, which is smaller and lives in, you guessed it, China. The other is the American alligator, which is much larger and lives in, you guessed it once more, America (specifically, from South Carolina to the tip of Texas). Both types of alligators are very different from crocodiles, which have narrower snouts and toothier grins.
The American alligator population in Florida has been rising, with over a million inhabiting the state, spread throughout each and every county. If you plan on visiting Florida anytime soon, or if you live there now, you may be wondering what these creatures are all about.
These 10 alligator facts about the ones here in America are all so fascinating.
1. They Can Leap Really High
2. They’re Cannibals
3. They Have Antibiotics In Their Blood
4. They Rarely Attack Humans
Unlike their much more aggressive cousin, the crocodile, alligators don’t usually prey on humans. They prefer smaller targets like fish or birds.
Sometimes, though, small children can be mistaken for a desirable target, and attacks do occur. If you are in an area heavily populated by alligators, like Florida, be alert about your surroundings and keep small children in your sight.
6. They Can Run Up To 35 MPH
7. They Live For 50 Years
Give or take, the American alligator will live about 50 years in the wild, assuming they aren’t eaten as a baby. In captivity, they can live even longer: up to 85 years!