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Crikey, would ya look at that big 'un
I must admit I've got a weakness for crocodiles. These mysterious, oft-unnoticed yet supremely menacing predators have been around virtually unchanged since the times of the dinosaurs. The best place to see them is Gatorland, a virtual gator wonderland.
Here you can:
- get up close (but not that close) with alligators keeping their body warm in the sun,
- watch them jump for a piece of steak (always a thrilling sight fraught with anticipation of danger),
- eat gator steak,
- feed them fish (dead fish flung by tourists must be a major component of their diet),
- witness a crazy guy trying to poke a gigantic man-eating Australian saltwater crocodile in a soft spot,
- witness an even crazier guy pull a gator by the tail and, inexplicably, start wrestling with it, WWF-style (just kidding about the WWF),
- put other dangerous creatures around your neck (a boa, mind you, not a gator),
- observe gators in a swamp, their natural environment. After seeing gators jump, perform, wrestle, doing everything except breaking out in taps , this would seem like an anti-climax.
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Gatorland - I remember this...
Gatorland - I remember this place being a bit pricey at first. But once inside I found enough unique items to get my money's worth. There are tons of alligators! There were shows about every half hour in a different part of the place. One could easily spend a whole afternoon here.
I visited in late December, when the temperature was on the cold side (at least for Orlando - coming from Minneapolis, I had shorts on). Because of the lower temps, the gators weren't as active - being cold blooded, they tend to conserve energy when the temps drop. I wonder how active they would be in the heat of the summer?
Gatorland is in my opinion the best of the smaller attractions in Orlando. For UK visitors who don't intend going out into the wilds of Florida it is a must see. You will not believe how big these creatures grow. There are a number of shows, all of which are good. The highlight is the Gator Jumperoo when they hang chickens above the water and the alligators jump out of the water to get them.
Feeding of Wild Animals
Feeding of Wild Animals
A stereotypical veiw of florida has much to do with theme parks like disney world or universal studio's. While these attractions are great there are other things in florida. Watching these crocs being fed was one amazing experience and one I would reccomend to anybody.
gatorland zoo was built in 1949 and is one of central florida's oldest tourist attractions. gatorland exhibits alligators and other reptiles. an interesting pre-disney tourist attraction.
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It is very exciting to see all of the aligators all in one area, especially since before I had went to Gatorland I had never seen one in real life before only on television.
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