How Many Alligators Live in Florida?

Around 1.25 million alligators live in Florida, which is equal to a little more than 20 percent of the entire American alligator population in the United States. Alligators living in Florida are found in freshwater environments like rivers, ponds, swamps, wetlands and marshes.

Large male alligators found in Florida are territorial, lone reptiles that stick to and defend specific pieces of prime territory. Smaller, younger alligators are more tolerant of one another and are commonly found in big groups. Female alligators lay between 20 and 50 eggs during breeding season, which begins half way through the month of April and ends in May. Eggs laid by female alligators go through a two month incubation period and finally hatch in mid-August.