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Spring Invigorates Florida’s Alligators And Crocodiles

Photo courtesy the National Park Service.

The warming weather means Florida’s alligators and crocodiles are growing more active.

Wildlife authorities are urging caution.

Florida is the only state in the nation where alligators and crocodiles live side-by-side.

Tony Young of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says especially in cooler climates alligators hibernate during winter.

“They’re cold-blooded, and so the sun, the warmer weather and the sun gets their blood going and makes them a little bit less docile and more active. And so they literally get more active that way, and with the mating season coming up in May they’re out looking for love, quote unquote.”

Young urges swimmers to avoid remote areas and swimming at night, because alligators and crocodiles are nocturnal.

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Amy Green covers the environment and climate change at WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist and author whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s ... Read Full Bio »