According to Everglades National Park, the largest alligator ever recorded measured 17 feet and 5 inches. According to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, “the American alligator occurs in the United States from North Carolina to the Rio Grande in Texas. Alligators are known to inhabit swamps, lakes, ponds, rivers, marshes and wetlands. The name alligator was derived in the 16th century from the Spanish name el lagarto – ‘the lizard’ – alluding to the Spanish interaction with this species during their occupation of Florida.
They are occasionally found in brackish water, but are very sensitive to salinity as they lack certain glands.
Is it safe to swim in a lake with alligators?
There are safer ways to visit the River of Grass than swimming – e.g. fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, etc. The fact that there might also be at least one alligator in the lake doesn’t stop me from enjoying the water. You are much more likely to get injured in other ways than being eaten by an alligator while water skiing. It is important to know what conservation regulations apply to a particular lakefront property, otherwise you may not be able to access or even see the lake from the property you just bought as a lakefront.
I’m just someone who has always loved swimming in lakes, who strives to understand his surroundings, and who appreciates and respects the animals that share his world.
Which states have alligators in lakes?
Alligators are farmed commercially for their meat and skin, which, when tanned, is used to make luggage, handbags, shoes, belts and other leather items. In contrast, the air in the alligator’s lungs makes a circuit and only moves in one direction through the parabronchia. Range and habitat The American alligator is native to wetlands throughout the coastal plain of the southeastern United States. Hunting and trapping alligators is only legal with proper permits and strictly controlled quotas.
According to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, the American alligator is found in the United States from North Carolina to the Rio Grande in Texas.