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Florida Alligators vs. Crocodiles

an alligator next to Capt Dukes airboat
an alligator next to Capt Dukes airboat

Before you embark on your Capt. Duke’s Airboat Rides, it’s beneficial to understand the key differences between the Florida alligators you will be experiencing and crocodiles to fully appreciate what you’ll see during your journey.

The Basics Characteristics of Alligators and Crocodiles

While both alligators and crocodiles belong to the order Crocodylia, they are distinct species with various characteristics.

1. Physical Appearance:

Florida Alligator:

  • Dark grayish-black with a broad, rounded snout.
  • U-shaped snout with upper teeth visible when the mouth is closed.
  • Black and white banded tail.
  • Adult length typically ranges from 8 to 13 feet.


  • Light tan or olive green with a V-shaped, pointed snout.
  • V-shaped snout with upper and lower teeth visible when the mouth is closed.
  • Light gray or greenish-gray tail.
  • Adult length ranges from 8 to 15 feet, with some species reaching up to 20 feet.

2. Behavior:

Florida Alligator:

  • Typically found in freshwater environments, such as swamps, rivers, and lakes.
  • Solitary creatures, generally avoiding contact with other alligators.
  • Prefer a leisurely, slow-moving lifestyle.
  • Bask in the sun to regulate body temperature.


  • Tolerant of both freshwater and saltwater habitats, including estuaries and coastal areas.
  • Aggressive and territorial, known to engage in aggressive confrontations.
  • Highly active and opportunistic predators.
  • Frequently venture into brackish and saltwater environments.

3. Range:

Florida Alligator:

  • Primarily found in the southeastern United States, with the highest population density in Florida.


  • Sparsely distributed along the southernmost tip of Florida, especially in the Everglades.

What to Expect on Capt. Duke’s Airboat Tour

If you’re eager to witness alligators in their natural habitat, Capt. Duke’s Airboat Tours is the perfect gateway to the wild side of Central Florida. Here’s what you can expect:

1. Expert Guides:

The airboat tours are led by knowledgeable and experienced guides who are passionate about the local wildlife. They will provide you with valuable insights into the behavior, biology, and conservation efforts surrounding these magnificent reptiles.

2. Up-Close Encounters:

Capt. Duke’s Airboat Tours are renowned for their ability to get you up-close and personal with Florida alligators. The airboats are designed to navigate shallow waters and can access areas that larger boats cannot, ensuring you’ll have a front-row seat to the action.

3. Educational Experience:

Beyond the thrill of seeing these incredible creatures in the wild, the tours also offer an educational component. You’ll learn about the importance of conservation and the efforts to protect these remarkable animals and their habitats.

4. Safety First:

Your safety is a top priority. The airboats are equipped with necessary safety features, and your guides will provide guidelines to ensure a safe and memorable journey.

In conclusion, a trip with Capt. Duke’s in Central Florida promises an unforgettable journey through the mesmerizing world of the Central Florida wetlands for a front-row experience with the Florida alligator.  From expert guides to up-close encounters, this tour provides a unique and educational experience that combines thrill and knowledge. So, embark on your journey, and let the enchanting landscapes and wildlife of Central Florida leave a lasting imprint on your heart.

Call or text us today to book your airboat tour today! 321.222.8969


5 Star Reviews!

We are a top-rated airboat ride company serving central Florida.

  • 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