Gators Version 2

Called “el lagarto” (the lizard) by Spanish explorers, alligators are very common as one of the main forms of local wildlife in the Gainesville area. Found in freshwater ponds, marshes, wetlands and swamps, there are estimated to be over one million gators in Florida alone. Adopted as the University of Florida‘s masot in 1911, thousands of Gators now graduate from college every year as well — spreading the “Gator Nation” around the world.

After helping baby gators to hatch, a mother gator often takes the new hatchlings in her mouth, carrying them to the water where they are released. Baby gators often rest on their mother’s head or back.