Alligator Alley

About the Exhibit

Come eye to creepy yellow eye with a living reflection of prehistoric times as these slow-moving but quietly menacing predators rest their massive jaws between meals.

Insider Tips

Want to see our alligators chow down? They are usually fed in the early afternoon hour. Check out the back of the park map for feeding times upon arrival.

Animal Facts

  • Female alligators are great mothers, and may protect their young for up to two years after hatching.
  • The name alligator was derived from the Spanish words "el lagarto," meaning "the lizard," which is what Spanish explorers called these creatures. The American alligator is one of just two species of true alligators - the other is the Chinese alligator.
  • Alligators are one animal that has changed very little since the prehistoric days. When dinosaurs became extinct, these modern day contemporaries continued to prosper.
  • There are approximately 80 teeth in their mouth at one time. When the teeth wear down they are replaced. Consequently, an alligator can go through 2,000-3,000 teeth in a lifetime.