Do alligators and crocodiles live together?
Interestingly, the Florida Everglades is the only place in the world where both alligators and crocodiles live together. The Crocodylidea family includes 23 different species, but the Alligatoridae contains only 2 – the alligator and the Caiman.
American crocodiles in the United States coexist with the American alligator, and are primarily found south of the latitude of Miami, in Everglades National Park, Florida Bay, Biscayne Bay, and the Florida Keys. They coexist with the rather smaller spectacled caiman within Central America.
- "Because these crocodiles are poor swimmers, it is unlikely that they swim across vast tracts of ocean. But they can survive for long periods in salt-water without eating or drinking, so by only traveling when surface currents are favorable, they would be able to move long distances by sea.
- There are over 200,000 alligators in the Everglades—but over 1.5 million in the state of Florida! The coastal plains of the southeastern United States are home to most gators, who live in both natural and man-made freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers, and wetland areas. Alligators do not eat human beings!
- Crocodiles are carnivores, which mean they eat only meat. In the wild, they feast on fish, birds, frogs and crustaceans. At the zoo, they eat small animals that have already been killed for them, such as rats, fish or mice. They also eat live locusts.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) estimates there are 1.3 million alligators in the state. Yet the agency says that between 1948 and April 2016 there were just 23 unprovoked fatal alligator attacks on people there. By comparison, in 2014, 2,494 people died in car crashes in Florida.
- Millions of alligators estimated to live in Florida. Nobody really knows how many alligators live in Florida. It's estimated that there are anywhere from 1.3 million to 2 million alligators in the Sunshine State, which means there's one gator for every 10-15 Floridians.
- Alligators. Alligators have inhabited Florida's marshes, swamps, rivers and lakes for many centuries, and are found in all 67 counties. In recent years, Florida has experienced tremendous human population growth. Although many Floridians have learned to coexist with alligators, the potential for conflict always exists.
- Resident alligator hunting licenses cost $25 and there is no cost for alligator tags issued to non-lottery alligator hunters. Lottery alligator hunters may be required to pay a set fee per alligator tag issued.
Crocodiles and alligators belong to a group of reptiles called crocodilians, which are the largest of the living reptiles. Of the 23 different species of crocodilians in the world, 2 species are native to the United States, and south Florida is the only place where both of these species coexist.
- Most people regard crocodiles as more aggressive than alligators, and this is true of some species. A general rule that crocodiles are more aggressive than alligators just isn't possible to make. Alligators can often reach at least 14 or 15 feet in length, which is larger than some crocodile species, but not others.
- The quick answer is green. That's the color of an alligator in the popular imagination. The mascot for the University of Florida is green and the emblem on a Lacoste shirt is green. Alligators are black with pale underbellies.
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) estimates there are 1.3 million alligators in the state. Yet the agency says that between 1948 and April 2016 there were just 23 unprovoked fatal alligator attacks on people there. By comparison, in 2014, 2,494 people died in car crashes in Florida.
Updated: 22nd September 2018