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Lafitte, Louisiana

The Alligator…..

Airboat Adventures is a tour company in Lafitte, Louisiana. They’re about thirty minutes outside of New Orleans and offer swamp tours exploring swamp life. Each tour is approximately an hour and a half to two hours and exposes tourists to exciting opportunities and unique experiences. One of the fiercest predators on the tour is the mighty alligator which are found in the Southeast United States in all of Florida and Louisiana. This mighty animal has a ferocious bite and can hide beneath the water just waiting to strike on unsuspecting prey.

These animals can be huge, the average American alligator’s adult length and height are thirteen feet long and eight hundred pounds respectively. The largest American alligator was found in Louisiana and measures over nineteen feet in length. There is no average lifespan for an alligator, in 1937 a one year old alligator was brought to a zoo in Serbia from Germany and it is now 76 years old. Go on one of these tours and take a chance to see a creature that is older than you are! The American alligators have the most powerful bite force ever measured, snapping their jaws with a massive force of up to 2,125 pounds, which equivalent to a mid-size sedan falling on top of you.

Alligators live in freshwater environments, such as ponds, marshes, wetlands, river, lakes, and swamps. Down here we have plenty of those environments, and these areas are among those featured in Airboat Adventures swamp tours. The foods eaten by alligators depend on their age and size. When young, they can eat fish and insects, and as they mature progressively larger prey is taken including various mammals. The mating season of these animals is in late spring, and females build the nests in summer. The sex of the clutch is determined by the temperature of the nest.

These amazing creatures are both to be respected and feared especially in their natural habitat. Airboat Adventures offers you an up close and personal look at these creatures and what they’re capable of. It’s been said sometimes you have the opportunity to hold babies! Alligators have a rich history, and information is definitely a part of these tours as well. Call and schedule your tour today, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.