Love in the Muck: Alligator Mating Season in the Everglades

airboat ride through the Everglades, Love in the Muck: Alligator Mating Season in the Everglades

When you take an airboat ride through the Everglades, you can see an amazing array of plants, animals and birds. But hands down, one of the things that people get most excited about when planning an airboat ride in the Florida Everglades is the opportunity to see alligators in their native habitat.

The American alligator is the official state reptile in Florida. Experts estimate that there are about 1.3 million of them in the Sunshine State. Summer is a great time to see them, as they are more active in the warm months (not like Florida really has any cold months, but you know what we mean).

This time of year is also typically known as alligator mating season. That means the gators will not only be more active, they will also be more aggressive, so always follow the rules when you are enjoying a Florida airboat charter. The alligators in the Everglades probably began courting back in April, but the romance doesn’t really heat up until May and June.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, “Nearly all alligators become sexually mature by the time they reach approximately 7 feet in length although females can reach maturity at 6 feet. A female may require 10-15 years and a male 8-12 years to reach these lengths.”

The lady gators are the ones who will then set up house. “Females build a mound nest of soil, vegetation, or debris and deposit an average of 32 to 46 eggs in late June or early July,” the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s experts tell us. “Incubation requires approximately 63-68 days, and hatching occurs from mid-August through early September.”

If you have dreamed of seeing alligators in their natural habitat, an airboat ride in the Florida Everglades is a great way to make that dream come true. Contact us for information!