FACT: Alligators that live in the wild are believed to live for 35- 50 years. In captivity their lifespan can be alot longer, 60-80 years. Currently there is not a scientific method for analyzing their age while their alive.
MYTH: Alligators can grow to an enormous size. over 20 feet.
FACT: The longest recorded length for an alligator is 19 feet 2 inches. This animal was trapped in the earlt 1900's in the state of Louisana. Most wild alligators do not get much over 13 feet in length and may weigh 600 pounds or more
MYTH:Crocodiles and alligators open their mouths differently. The jaws of a crocodile are hinged to open the top jaw, while alligators open their bottom jaw.
FACT: Alligators are not immune to snake poison.However, their skin is extremely tough and their armored back is protected by bony plates called scutes. It is possible for this armor to protect them from a snakes fangs.
MYTH: Only the tail of an alligator is edible.
FACT: Although the tail is considered to be the prime meat in an alligator, the entire alligator is edible and very healthy as well. You can see the nutrional value under our Grill section.
MYTH: Alligators are slow moving animals when they are outside of the water.
FACT: Alligators can run at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. However, that speed can only be maintained for a very short distance.