When alligators are in the news, it’s not usually because they did something amazing or saved someone’s life. In fact, it’s often the opposite. These often maligned reptiles are part of life in Florida. They are critical species for the health of Florida’s ecosystems and when not around people, they cause no harm to society.
As with most wildlife conflicts, it is the intersection of human society and that species that can cause problems. This is especially true when communities have new-to-Florida residents, young children, or tourists who may not know how to respect the American alligator’s wild nature.
In general, when we have human-wildlife conflicts, it is because of the way humans are interacting with the wildlife. The critters are not out to cause us harm. A great way to build respect for these wonderful creatures is to learn more about them!
New Episode from Naturally Florida
Naturally Florida (a podcast about Florida’s natural areas and the wild things that live here) recently released a new two-part series all about the American alligator. Check them out, below, or on your favorite podcast platform.
(Part 1) Florida’s most recognizable reptile: the American alligator
In this episode, Lara and Shannon discuss some common alligator biology questions they receive often. You’ll learn a little about alligator mating season, how large alligators can get, and when they prefer to hunt (and so, when you should definitely avoid freshwater areas!).
(Part 2) Florida’s most recognizable reptile: the American alligator
In this episode, Shannon and Lara run through some common alligator myths. Have you ever heard that alligators can’t climb fences? What about that recommendation to run in a zig-zag line to escape a charging alligator?
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You can find all the podcast platforms where Naturally Florida is published, submit feedback, or request future topics at www.naturallyfloridapodcast.com
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