Alligator Grow Out Pens
The alligators in the grow out pens range from one month to four years old. They are fed a daily diet that is high in protein and low in fat. Because the pens are climate controlled, separated by age group and kept under careful supervision, the baby alligators manage to grow as much as three feet a year. Once the alligators reach five and a half feet in length, they are transferred to the breeding pond.
If you are feeling hungry during your visit, swing by our snack bar to fill your needs! With plenty of options such as hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, ice cream and even "gator bites" (yes, that's real alligator meat), you won't have to worry about sitting through the shows on an empty stomach.
Venture into the "back forty" of our farm on this exciting tour! Your guide will point out the different species of fish, birds and turtles that live in and around the canals surrounding the farm. After touring the canals, your guide will take you on a thrilling ride through the Everglades where ordinary boats cannot go! Our guides are very knowledgeable, so don't hesitate to ask about anything of interest. Because we aim to protect this area, our guides only use existing trails. Most importantly, don't forget to hang on to all loose items; this ride is fast and furious!
Snake Island is where our alligator and snake shows happen.
Our observation deck overlooks the vast acreage behind our farm and provides a nice backdrop to sightseers and photographers alike. The deck also provides plenty of opportunities to photograph some wildlife in the distance and to watch the airboats as they depart and return to the boarding dock.
Nile crocodiles are native to Africa, but we have some special ones on display! Though not farmed at our location, crocodile meat is considered a delicacy.
American crocodiles are native to the Key Largo and Key West regions just south of our farm's location. They have become incredibly rare, due to their habitats for laying eggs are what we most commonly use for beaches.
Wild alligators will eat a multitude of things including insects, snails, frogs, snakes, fish, turtles, waterfowl, small mammals and even smaller alligators. Our alligators are fed farm-raised rats twice a day and large quantities of chicken monthly. A specialized valve in their throat enables them to capture their prey underwater but they must resurface to swallow their food whole without drowning. Their teeth are not used to chew; they are inteded for grabbing and tearing off small pieces off of large prey.
Alligator Breeding Pond
The breeding ponds are arranged to give the alligators as much privacy as possible. We maintain a female to male ratio of 5:1 and maintain a large amount of vegetation to encourage the females to build nests. After their mating season in May and early June, a female alligator in captivity can lay up to 45 eggs. We then remove the eggs and place them in an incubator where temperature and humidity are controlled. The sex of the baby alligator is determined by the temperature at which the eggs are kept.
Do you think you have what it takes to sit atop a 10 foot, 400 pound LIVE alligator? If so, then you will love "Lazy the Alligator"! Between late December and early January, all park visitors will have the opportunity to take pictures on top of Lazy. Whether it is a single person, a couple or a large group, each professional photograph is offered at a low, flat price and is printed onsite and mounted on a souvenir frame. Each high resolution photo will also be e-mailed so that you can share it with friends and family. So what are you waiting for? Lazy can't wait to meet you!
Rare Crocodile Exhibit
We have both Orinoco crocs and the Cuban Croc on display these days at the farm. Both are very unique species.
Our goose pond is loaded with turtles and native Florida everglades fish.
Everglades Outpost, an animal rehabilitation center up the street, uses this exhibit to display native Floridian rescued wildlife.
The Tiki hut areas are the perfect place to eat lunch under. You are welcomed to bring coolers and lunches into the farm, but please no alchoholic beverages!
Time to conquer that fear you've always had of snakes. We keep several native and nonnative species on display in our snake room.
Don't forget something for the folks back home! Plan a little extra time to check out our gift shop where you will find many souvenirs to remember your visit to The Alligator Farm. Whether you are shopping for the kids, mom and dad or the grandparents, you'll surely find the perfect gift. We carry an excellent selection of t-shirts, key chains, books, post cards, stuffed animals, alligator heads, backscratchers and so much more. We also offer bug spray, sunglasses, sunscreen and everything you'll need during your visit to South Florida. And of course, you can purchase your tickets here!
The Everglades Alligator Farm is open every day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Feel free to click on any area of interest to learn a little more about our park and to discover what awaits you during your next visit!