ALLIGATOR & BIRD TOURS
DEPART DAILY STARTING AT 9 AM
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9 am to 5 pm
Gator and Bird Adventures By Vehicle
We do not provide transportation.Our guide will ride with you in your car or you can follow them in your vehicle. These are personalized tours. Set to meet your desires and wishes. Be it photography, bird watching, viewing gators or kayaking our coastline.
Tours last approx. 2-3 hrs.
Kids 6-12 $15.00.
Go into the wilderness to view large 10-15 foot gators, 6-8 foot gators, and 2-3 feet gators, turtles, and many, many beautiful birds and plants. We are very careful and never go close to the gators. We will view them from a safe distance. They are wonderful creatures to observe as are all the birds and turtles we will find! We will supply you with binoculars and a interpretive naturalist to guide the way. These are small personalized tours made to fit your needs and wishes.
Cancellation Policy: 48 hrs. notice
Daily Tour Times can Vary: Please phone to check departure times.
We do not provide transportation.Your naturalist guide will ride with you in your vehicle.
OPEN MONDAY THRU SUNDAY
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All Gator/Bird Tours Approx. 2-3 hrs.
It's amazing to hear the male gators "bellow" to the females and talking to each other during breeding season, April thru May. It almost sounds like frogs, a deep grunting sound.
By June pairs have mated and the females have started building their mound nests out of marsh reeds and vegetation. By late June early July the females lay 20 -60 eggs in the large mound nest they have built. The eggs are about 3 inches long with a hard shell. Digging and covering the hole with her hind legs. By August, September Mom digs into the nest mound, opens any eggs not hatched and gently carries her young to the water. Females sometimes aggressively defend their young for the first several years of their life.
A fun fact about alligators is that their eyes shine red at night. It's a great treat watching one of the big gators catch a lg. fish or crab in the wild. Something your sure never to forget.
American Alligator Nest, as the leaves decompose they heat up the nest naturally for the eggs to hatch.
SOME INTERESTING AMERICAN ALLIGATOR FACTS
Newly hatched baby
American Alligator's normally grow up to 12-15 feet long and have been found up to 19 feet long. With the females usually growing only up to 10 feet long. They live from 15-35 years in the wild. The babies have yellow stripes on their tails. They reach reproductive maturity at the age of 10-12 years old. They mate once a year in May and lay their eggs in late June or early July in large nest. Hatching out in August or September. The temperature at which American Alligator eggs develop determines their sex. After hatching, an alligator can grow rapidly, especially during the first 4 yrs. of life, averaging over 1 foot of growth for each year.
The mama gator takes her babies, one at a time into the water as they hatch!
Young alligators remain in the areas where they are hatched and are generally a social species when young.
By group living the young alligators have greater protection from other predators. Adults are mostly solitary. When forced to live in tighter areas as a result of drought these adult alligators tend to ignore each other.
Baby alligator on waters edge.
Besides swimming, the American Alligators walk, run, and crawl. They use a high walk. Alligators lift their tales right up off of the ground. They can shoot themselves out of the water with their large, powerful tails very quickly and up quite a distance. Alligators are fast at running out of the water. Remember this, never ever get to close to one in the wild. For your safety and theirs.
Even though they don't hibernate, they undergo periods of dormancy when the weather becomes cold. They may excavate a cave in a waterway and leave a portion of it above water during this time. In areas where water level fluctuates, alligators dig themselves into hollows in the mud. These tunnels provide protection during extreme hot or cold weather.
Their diet is mainly snakes, crabs, fish, snails, insects, birds, turtles and mammals. Though they are known to eat almost anything, pop cans, wire, plastic and numerous other things that are certainly not healthy for them.
This is why it is so important to not throw your garbage out into the wild. Please remember to always make sure all your garbage ends up in the trash can!!!!
We love nature...... in it's true natural state. We need to understand how challenging it is for our wildlife and nature to survive and co-exist along side industrial plants like we have here on the Savannah River. It is so important for us to keep a close eye on how waste management is managed here for us and our wildlife. These are challenging times we live in. Pollution is a huge problem for our wildlife and us. What effects them effects us in the long run. We are all a part of the circle of life. As we say. A butterfly can not flutter it's wings in Japan and it not effect us here.
This is why it is so important that we have wildlife refuges for the safety and protection of our local wildlife and fauna. To save and protect all that we cherish.