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Discover the Thrilling World of Crocodilians at Wild Florida

Wild Florida is more than just a place to see alligators; although, let's be honest, they are pretty cute—especially Crusher, who we love so much. But there's more to see than just alligators. Florida's swamps and waterways are home to different crocodiles, such as alligators, crocodilians, and caimans. These creatures share many similarities, so it can be challenging to distinguish between them.

A gator bathes in the sun at Wild Florida

The Alligator: A Freshwater Giant

Embarking on an airboat tour through the heart of Orlando is a fantastic experience, as you will likely come across alligators. These magnificent creatures prefer the calm and fresh waters of swamps. This makes Wild Florida an excellent place to observe them in their natural habitat. However, alligators are not exclusive to the United States. They can also be found in China. Despite their preference for freshwater, alligators are impressively adaptable creatures.

A young gator shows off it's razor sharp teeth at Wild Florida's Gator Park

Crocodiles: Masters of Both Worlds

Crocodiles are the most widely-ranging members of the crocodilian family. The creature can inhabit both freshwater and saltwater environments worldwide. Interestingly, the Everglades is the only place where alligators and crocodiles coexist. This ability to adapt and thrive in various environments makes crocodiles a captivating topic of study and a creature to admire.

A baby gator keenly observes it's surroundings at Wild Florida

Caimans: The Compact Crocodilians

While sometimes confused with crocodiles or alligators, caimans have their unique charm in the world of crocodilians. They are the smallest of the bunch and rarely exceed seven feet in length. They can survive in fresh and saltwater like their larger crocodile relatives. However, it's important to remember that these animals are unsuitable pets. In fact, keeping them captive is illegal and unethical. Like all wild creatures, crocodiles, caimans, and alligators deserve to thrive in their natural habitats or carefully managed environments, such as the one provided at Wild Florida.

Identifying Features

Identifying different types of crocodilians can be tricky. Alligators and caimans have a round and U-shaped snout, and they tend to have an overbite. On the other hand, crocodiles have a V-shaped snout without an overbite. Crocodiles are the largest, with some species growing over 23 feet long. But what's the difference between a caiman and an alligator? The first thing is size alone; a fully grown caiman can sometimes be mistaken for a young alligator. Their teeth provide a clue: caimans and crocodiles have an orange-ish hue, while alligators have a more beige coloration.

Experience the Differences Firsthand

Observing the differences and similarities between magnificent creatures can be a never-ending task. However, seeing them up close is the most effective way to learn about these creatures. At our Gator Park, you can witness the power and grace of these reptiles during our gator feeding shows. This experience is a perfect combination of education and excitement, providing a unique insight into the lives of Florida's most famous residents. If you want even more thrills, check out our airboat tour, which offers free admission to our Gator Park! It’s like getting two great adventures for the price of one. 

Whether you're intrigued by the alligators of Orlando or curious about the caiman-alligator differences, Wild Florida is the place to be. Book your visit today to embark on an unforgettable adventure into the heart of crocodilian territory!