Thursday, March 24, 2022

Funny Animals - Friendly alligators

Craig Matherne on Youtube shows you the alligators. Betty is one of 6 gators that are friendly, they live in a 1400+ acre alligator sanctuary that is leveed, gated, posted, and absolutely no public access. They enjoy a pristine cypress swamp and a visit from a few humans with a treat or two. Most of our gators are return/rescue, some are domestic. Please never feed wild animals especially in public areas.

A so-called alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The two extant species are the American alligator (A. mississippiensis) and the Chinese alligator (A. sinensis). Additionally, several extinct species of alligator are known from fossil remains. So-called alligators first appeared during the Oligocene epoch about 37 million years ago.

The name "alligator" is probably an anglicized form of el lagarto, the Spanish term for "the lizard", which early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida called the now alligator. Later English various spellings of the name included allagarta and alagarto.

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