General Information

This page contains general information about the Florida Alligator broken down into the following topics:  The Florida Alligator, The Development of The Florida Alligator Industry, The Florida Alligator Industry Today, Links for More Information, and Information on Nuisance Gators.  We hope you enjoy learning more about the alligator and the industry on these pages….

The Florida Alligator

The American alligator is known as the largest reptile in North America.  It is known that ancestors of the Florida alligator have been around for about 160 million years.  The alligator is known for its fearsome appearance, stealthy movement, and is considered an “apex” predator in that it feeds on mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.  Although not known as a specific predator to humans, it has been known to occasionally attack, injure, and sometimes kill human beings.  The range of the American Alligator in the United States is from east Texas to Florida in the east and as far north as the state of North Carolina.  Although once considered an endangered species, due to its hunting to near extinction-levels, the species has rebounded and is now used for its skins and meat.