Alligator is an exotic meat from Florida and is favored in cuisines around the world.  American alligators are not an endangered species.  Successful management by farmers and regulators resulted in them being removed from the endangered list in 1987.  Mild-flavored alligator meat is versatile and can be easily substituted in most recipes for chicken, veal or fish. 

What do I do if I have a nuisance alligator?

Call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).  More information can be found on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

Aren't alligators endangered?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service down-listed the American alligator from Endangered to Threatened in 1977, and, in 1987, alligators were reclassified to Similarity of Appearance to a Threatened Taxon.  Florida has a healthy and stable alligator population.  We have about 1.3 million alligators in Florida.  Alligators live in all 67 counties and they inhabit all wild areas of Florida that can support them.

Where do I find alligator meat for sale?

Discover an alligator meat supplier near you on the Alligator Meat Suppliers page.

Where do I find alligator leather or leather products?

Alligator leather and leather products can be found from the suppliers listed on the Alligator Leather Suppliers page.

Does an alligator only live in fresh water?

An alligator can live in fresh or brackish water (a mix of fresh and salt water).  This includes canals, lakes, marshes, swamps, rivers, creeks and ponds.

How long does an alligator live?

An alligator can live for more than 50 years in captivity.  The oldest alligator in captivity is over 76 years old and lives in a zoo in Siberia.

How many alligator are there in Florida?

There are more than 1.2 million alligators in Florida. 

How many teeth does an alligator have?

An alligator has roughly 80 teeth in its mouth at one time.  As the teeth wear down they are replaced with new teeth.  An average alligator can go through 2,000 to 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.

How long can an alligator stay underwater?

An alligator can stay underwater without air for more than 2 hours.

How many eggs does a female alligator lay?

A female alligator can lay up to 50 eggs in a nest at one time.  Of those nests that survive predators or flooding, 24 hatchlings will emerge.  Of those 24, only 5 will survive to adulthood. 

How large will an adult alligator get?

An adult male alligator can grow as large as 14 feet and weight more than 1,000 pounds.