Alligator Eco-Quiz – Win a Poster!

Once endangered due to illegal hunting for their hides, the American Alligator, our state reptile, is now flourishing in lakes, wetlands and swamps statewide. How much do you know about these amazing crocodilians?

1. Which of these menus is a proper diet for an adult alligator?

A  insects, amphibians, small fish and other invertebrates
B  feral hog, white-tailed deer, raccoon and armadillo
C  fish, snakes, turtles, small mammals and birds
D  crabs, shrimp, mollusks, and small fishes

American alligator attacks!

A dangerous alligator encounter from FL5 #1.

2. What is the Florida state record for length of an adult male alligator?

A  12 feet, 8-1/4 inches
B  14 feet, 3-1/2 inches
C  16 feet, 9 inches
D  18 feet, 4-3/4 inches

3. What is the Florida state record for weight of an adult male alligator?

A     785 pounds
B     862 pounds
C     974 pounds
D  1,043 pounds

4. The average clutch size of a gator nest is 38. For nests that survive predators and flooding, about 24 live hatchlings will emerge. How many will live to one year old?

A  20
B  16
C  13
D  10

Baby Gator

5. About how many hatchlings will reach maturity (6 feet in length)?

A  15
B  10
C   5
D   2

6. Which state is not in the range of the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)?

A  Louisiana
B  Virginia
C  South Carolina
D  Georgia

7. Even though alligators are classified as reptiles along with lizards, snakes, and turtles, they are actually more closely related to which animals?

A  Birds
B  Fish
C  Frogs
D  Dolphins

alligator-sunning8. Gators are ectothermic. What’s that mean?

A  They can see in very low light.
B  They rely on the sun to warm their bodies.
C  They only eat meat.
D  They have a powerful sense of smell.

9.  How many wild alligators are estimated to live in Florida?

A      275,000
B      450,000
C      890,000
D  1,300,000

10. What’s the best way to approach an alligator in the wild?

A  Be very, very quiet.
B  Sneak up from behind.
C  Poke it with a stick.
D  Never approach an alligator in the wild. Keep your distance!


Send your answers (1A, 2D, 3C, etc.) either by email to or by post to Florida Five Project; P O Box 1803; Islamorada FL 33036.

Include your name, age and mailing address and if your answers are correct we will send you Florida Five poster #1!

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