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A Visit to Gatorland

Updated on September 30, 2017
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Florida lifestyle, decorating, and retirement are topics covered by Virginia who shares her own experiences.

A Scene from the Nature Park, Gatorland

Don't try this at home! This is a professional animal handler and that gator is quite well-fed and rather lethargic because of that. It isn't motivated to chomp on this human.
Don't try this at home! This is a professional animal handler and that gator is quite well-fed and rather lethargic because of that. It isn't motivated to chomp on this human. | Source

A Visit to Gatorland in Kissimmee

We hadn't been to Gatorland in Kissimmee for 4 or 5 years. Then we had a visitor from Missouri, so we set off with our guest to get our fill of alligators. Since we live in Central Florida, we can see alligators in our backyard or on the golf course every day. Still, a single alligator here and there lacks the impact of GatorLand.

You get a whole day of wildlife encounters, so I'd say it's worth every penny. We loved seeing so many alligators in one place. There were all sizes from babies up to 10 or 12 foot long mammoths. I really recommend the place for a day's visit.

A Map of the Attraction

The map of Gatorland. This gives you an idea of the shows and scenes you will see there.
The map of Gatorland. This gives you an idea of the shows and scenes you will see there. | Source

Why We Love Gatorland

It started off super when both my husband and our guest were admitted free for being former military. I got in for $10 as a Florida resident and a senior. The regular admission fee was $25. That's a saving of $65 for the 3 of us. Check before you go, as the prices may have changed. Even if you pay full price, you get a whole day of wildlife encounters, so I'd say it's worth every penny.

Since it's a day's worth of entertainment for all ages, I couldn't fit all my pictures and stories here. I'll create some additional pages to share Gatorland Kitsch and Birdwatching at Gatorland.

You Will See Lots of Gators

These well-fed alligators lounge around snoozing most of the day or maybe take a slow swim. That's the nature of alligators.
These well-fed alligators lounge around snoozing most of the day or maybe take a slow swim. That's the nature of alligators. | Source

Photo Gallery of Gatorland Attractions

There's Lots to See at GatorLand

Besides alligators, they have giant tortoises, snakes, Florida panthers, a water play area for the kids, a train ride, a boardwalk through the swamp, and a fun show that includes alligator wrestling. It's a great place for birdwatching too.

Sights of Gatorland in Kissimmee, Florida

Check the schedule so you don't miss one of the alligator wrestling demonstrations.
Check the schedule so you don't miss one of the alligator wrestling demonstrations. | Source
Here's an example of other animals you can see at the park.
Here's an example of other animals you can see at the park. | Source
Behind glass panels, you can see various Florida snakes.
Behind glass panels, you can see various Florida snakes. | Source
Baby alligators are amazingly cute when you consider that they grow into a giant reptile feared by all.
Baby alligators are amazingly cute when you consider that they grow into a giant reptile feared by all. | Source

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You Can Take Photos from the Elevated Boardwalk

A railing keeps the viewers from falling in with the big reptiles.
A railing keeps the viewers from falling in with the big reptiles. | Source

White (Leucistic) Alligators

A Leucistic Alligator

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The Rare White Alligators at Gatorland

I felt privileged to see a white alligator without having to trek through swamps wearing hip boots. Gatorland featured this rare reptile the last time I visited that attraction in Kissimmee, Florida. Due to a genetic abnormality, it is white but is not an albino. Read on to learn more about this unusual creature.

A glass wall separated the spectators from the alligator. Although the animal was motionless at the time I took the photo, it is very much alive and does move around in the watery area provided for it.

What Makes It White?

This is a leucistic alligator which is different from an albino alligator. An albino gator seldom survives to adulthood due to problems with curved spines or crossed jaws. The albino alligators have the pink eyes that you see in albino animals of all types.

Some leucistic alligators have patches of dark-colored skin that is similar to normal alligators. See my photo below of one like this.

Gatorland keeps the male leucistics separated with each in its own space. The reason for this is that they don't get along with each other.

Explanation of the Difference Between an Albino and a Leucistic Alligator

Since the sign may be hard to read in my photo, I'll include the information here. It says, "Leucistic alligators are strong, healthy animals with blue eyes and white skin."
Since the sign may be hard to read in my photo, I'll include the information here. It says, "Leucistic alligators are strong, healthy animals with blue eyes and white skin." | Source

More Photos of the White Alligators

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A graphic on the wall outside Gatorland in Kissimmee, Florida.
A graphic on the wall outside Gatorland in Kissimmee, Florida. | Source

© 2017 Virginia Allain

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      peachy 

      14 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, very good introduction to gator land

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