As the weather warms up, the hibernating season for alligators is coming to an end! This means that guests on our swamp tours will be able to get up close to alligators in their natural habitat and maybe even get to hold one of the babies! The American Alligator is the largest reptile in the country and is the main attraction of our wetlands for tourists and locals alike. Louisiana actually has the highest population of alligators in the country, at almost 2 million! For the past 200 years, locals have been hunting alligators and grown an industry from products ranging from food to fashion. In the 1980s, alligator farms emerged as the industry become regulated to prevent extinction. The population of this fascinating animal once close to extinction, has multiplied exponentially thanks to farming and regulation. Today, Louisiana harvests only 2% of the alligator population!
Fun Fact: As an alligator’s teeth are worn down, they are replaced. An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime!