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Reptile Encyclopedia


Lake Kissimmee is home to many different species of reptiles. Of these the most famous is the Florida Alligator but there are other species including turtles and snakes. Here is some information on some of the reptiles you will see while enjoying an exciting airboat tour with us.


Florida Alligator

Scientific Name: Alligator mississippiensis
Type: Reptile
Diet: Carnivore
Average lifespan: 50 years
Size: Body, 13 ft (4 m)
Weight: 800 lbs (360 kg)
Protection Status: Protected

The American Alligator is believed to be the last living dinosaur. The alligator is the star of the swamps and lakes in Florida and have made a remarkable recovery from almost being wiped out during over hunting in the 70's. While on airboat tours with us, you will see many alligators in their natural habitat.

Florida Water Moccasin (Cotton Mouth)

Scientific Name: Agkistrodon piscivorus
Type: Reptile
Diet: Carnivore
Average lifespan: 50 years
Size: Body, 80 cm (31.5 in)
Weight: 2 to 4 pounds
Protection Status: No Concerns

The Moccasin is a venomous snake, a species of pit viper, found in the eastern United States and all over Florida. Adults are large and capable of delivering a painful and potentially fatal bite. This is the world's only semi-aquatic viper, usually found in or near water, particularly in slow-moving and shallow lakes and streams.

The Moccasin is a strong swimmer and will even enter the sea, successfully colonizing islands off both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The common names for the species include variants on water moccasin, swamp moccasin or black moccasin; viper, cottonmouth. Many of the common names refer to the threat display, where this species will often stand its ground and gape at an intruder, exposing the white lining of its mouth

We are part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.