Alligators

There are only two species of true alligators in the world, the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and the endangered Chinese Alligator (Alligator sinensis).

Compared to crocodiles, alligators have a rounder and wider “U” shaped snout. Also, when the alligator’s jaw is closed, the fourth bottom tooth cannot be seen.

Most alligators prefer to live in fresh water.

Meet Mighty Mike!

At 14 feet and 800 pounds, Mighty Mike is the biggest, baddest gator in the country outside of Florida and longer than most cars.

Get eye-to-eye with Mighty Mike and meet his bayou buddies at Gator Alley. It’s one of the largest and most diverse collections of crocodilian species in the Midwest with nearly half of all the crocodilian species in the world.