This past weekend Scotty and I made our way to Orlando to see family and attend his grandmother’s memorial service. The service was beautiful and it was good to see family and relatives (some from as far away as England).
On Sunday we decided to take the opportunity to check out Gatorland. Now, one of the things that I was actually excited about when I found out we were moving to Florida was the fact that I would get to see alligators and crocodiles. For some reason I’m intrigued by these creatures and think they’re pretty cool. Whenever we make a long drive down here, I’m always on the lookout for a gator so the chance to see a bunch of them up close was too intriguing to resist.
Gatorland is old as far as amusement parks go. There’s a certain charm to these old parks in that they’re not flashy or over the top. This park really is just about the oversized lizards that live there. It was pretty straightforward.
When you first enter you go by these lagoons where they keep some of the younger gators. They’re all piled up on one another and we learned that this is to keep warm. As cold blooded creatures they don’t create their own body heat and so they like sitting in the sun or just sitting on one another. The funniest was when one of them wanted out of the pile.
While we were checking out the alligators one of the workers brought over a little guy that was one year old! Can you tell I was excited to see this little guy?
They have the coolest eyes with this lid that moves sideways.
One piece of entertainment offered by the park was the “Gator Jump.” According to the write-up we would see trained professionals feed the gators, seeing these huge beast leap into the air for a bite of chicken. Well, in reality it was more like watching a guy named Bubba try to entice an overfed gator by yelling and swinging a chicken carcass. Not exactly the thrilling spectacle offered but still interesting. I guess we can take it as a sign that the alligators are well fed and pretty content.
This guy’s well-filled belly shows why some of these guys may have been unmotivated to “leap” in the air for some chicken.
Here’s some more pics from the park:
And some Burmese pythons.
And a gift shop where you could purchase an alligator head.