Our Gators Come from the Everglades

Here at the Key West Aquarium, we keep baby alligators that we get from the Everglades in our outdoor exhibit. When they mature to sizes that we can no longer take care of, we send them back to the Everglades and replace them with younger, baby alligators of a much more manageable size. But don’t be fooled by how small and cute our baby alligators are, they can grow to formidable and potentially dangerous lengths.

They are even pretty skilled in the art of trickery. American alligators have been seen using tree branches to lure their prey. For instance, American alligators will balance nesting material on their heads hoping to lure birds so they can eat them. This is most often observed during the nesting season of birds.