George near the St. Johns River in northwest Florida has the most, with more than 2,300. The second largest lake in the country is Lake Kissimmee. (DEP) the number of invasive species in the state is on the rise, and it’s not just in Florida.
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Do you see crocodiles or alligators in Florida?
While alligators are found in all of Florida’s 67 counties, crocodiles are shy and can only be found on the Florida coast. Alligators can grow up to 6 feet in length and weigh as much as 300 pounds. They can live in freshwater or saltwater, but are most common in the Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico. Crocodiles, however, are more common along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States.
Is it common to see alligators in Florida?
They can be found roaming pretty much all over the state. You could see an alligator swimming in a puddle at a crowded intersection or visit your neighbor’s house. Alligators are not native to Florida. They were introduced in the early 1900s to control the population of water moccasins that were destroying the wetlands of the Everglades. Today, they are found in all parts of Florida, from the Gulf Coast to the Florida Keys.
Can you swim in lakes with alligators?
Do not allow your dogs or children to swim in waters inhabited by alligators, or to drink or play at the water’s edge. A food source is in the water if an alligator splashes it.
It is best to avoid swimming in areas that are known habitats for large alligators but at the same time, do not allow your children to play in water that is known to be a breeding ground for the reptile.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-FWCC (8477) or visit www.floridafishandwildlife.org.
Do all bodies of water in Florida have alligators?
Alligators and snakes are found in all natural florida lakes. Most of the natural Florida lakes have dark or stained water limiting visibility. Alligators and snakes are good at ambushing prey in the dark. The best way to determine if you have a snake in your pool is to look at the bottom of the pool. If you can see the snake, it is most likely a gator.
Should I be worried about alligators in Florida?
The potential for conflict still exists despite the fact that many Floridians have learned to coexist with alligators. If you are concerned about an alligator, you can call the FWC’s toll-free alligator hotline.