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Alligator Facts

Baby alligator
Baby alligator

Embark on an exhilarating adventure with Capt Duke’s Airboat Rides in Christmas, Florida, and prepare to be enthralled by the captivating world of alligators. Here are nine fascinating facts about the alligators you’ll have the chance to observe during your thrilling airboat tour.

1. Ancient Species

Alligators are fascinating creatures that have been around for millions of years. They are often referred to as living fossils, as their ancestors roamed the Earth during the time of the dinosaurs.

 2. Two Alligator Species

There are two species of alligators: the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and the Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis). The American alligator is larger and more widely known.

3. Impressive Size

American alligators can grow up to 13-15 feet long and weigh over 1,000 pounds. However, it’s worth noting that males tend to be larger than females.

4. Extraordinary Jaws

Alligators possess incredibly strong jaws, with a bite force of about 2,125 pounds per square inch (psi). Their jaws are designed to crush and grip prey, making them apex predators in their habitats.

5. Unique Teeth

Unlike humans, alligators have teeth that are meant for tearing and gripping rather than chewing. They lose and regrow their teeth throughout their lives, with an estimated 2,000-3,000 teeth in their lifetime.

6. Exceptional Camouflage

Alligators have excellent camouflage, thanks to their scaly skin that blends seamlessly with their surroundings. This allows them to remain hidden while lurking in marshes, rivers, or swamps, waiting for prey.

7. Impressive Speed

Despite their large size, alligators are deceptively fast when they need to be. They can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour on land for short distances.

8. Parental Care

Alligators are known for their remarkable parenting skills. Females construct nests made of vegetation and lay their eggs, which they carefully guard. After hatching, the mother alligator gently carries her young in her mouth to the water, protecting them from potential predators.

9. Cold-Blooded Survivors

Alligators are ectothermic, meaning they rely on external sources of heat to regulate their body temperature. They are well-adapted to warmer environments but can endure colder temperatures by staying in hibernation-like state called brumation, where they remain dormant in water or burrows.

Book Your Airboat Ride

So, when you join Capt Duke’s Airboat Rides, not only will you experience the thrill of an airboat tour, but you’ll also gain a deeper appreciation for these remarkable reptiles and their importance in the diverse ecosystem of Florida. Contact us to book your trip now!


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  • My son and I went on a Capt Dukes airboat ride last week with capt will as our pilot. The ride was amazing. We saw a lot of alligators, bald eagles and lots of other animals. The airboat ride was a lot of fun. I would highly recommend it. One recommendation for passengers: make sure you dress for the conditions. Even on nice day it can be cool do to the speed your boat will go.
    – Rusty G.
  • We had an awesome time!!! We don’t have opportunities to ride an airboat in Idaho so we were very excited and would love to go again!! We were lucky to have an amazing captain and tour guide. Captain Jim was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and funny!! Very nice and personable!! Thank you for an amazing experience!!
    – Denice Lyman
  • 10 out of 10. We had so much fun with captain Duke. We saw beautiful landscape, cows, horses, birds and gators. We saw a momma with her nest and was able to go to an Indian mound and walk around. Next time we will do the 2 hour tour or the sunset tour.
    – Mrsklove
  • Loved the ride! We had a great time today. Captain Dukes’s is an enjoyable, fun ride. We saw all sorts of wildlife including alligators, bald eagles, many different types of birds. He stopped along the way so we could get photos of everything and explained the history of the area.
    – Diane
  • Excellent time by all. Very informative and very well done. Definitely will be looking up Captain Duke next time we’re in central FL.
    – Less C.
  • Amazing ride, very smooth and fun. Beautiful views along the St. John’s river with plenty of wildlife and cattle. Very knowledgeable and kind tour guide With Captain Jim! Upon first meeting him he was kind and cracking jokes, forsure adds to the whole experience! Next time I’m in Florida I’d love to schedule another ride along.
    – Leah Crawford
  • So much fun!! Gators, Island history, Eagles, other birds. Beautiful cypress forest quiet and serene. Other areas we had to hang on to our hats!! Capt. will provided a great educational and fun experience of the area.
    – Jody Pendleton
  • Fun and exciting. If you want to see Florida from a new perspective this is differently a great adventure. Can’t wait to do it again. Capt . Will gave us a wonderful experience.
    – Brenda M.
  • Such a fantastic family adventure! Would highly recommend. Saw so many alligators and learned a ton about the history of the land. Captain Will was amazing!!!!
    – Beth Baldacchino
  • Was a great trip. Saw lots and captain was very Friendly and offered up lots of great info and answered all the questions my 11 year old and I had. Would recommend 100%
    – Pascal O