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.

As proof that you never know what people will relate to, this remains one of my favorite gator illustrations in the series—yet the people who like this design tend to fixate on the slogan.