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American Alligators are natively found along coastal waters and inland swams, from South Carolina through Florida and west to the southern tip of Texas. Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo recreates a section of a Lousianna Bayou for our alligators, complete with cajun music, Spanish moss and over a dozen alligators.

When you arrive, check your map and Keeper Talk schedule for times when you can see our Alligators being fed!

Did You Know?
  • Alligators were in danger of extinction and where put on the endangered species list in1967. Fortunately, they were taken off 20 years later and there are now over a million.
  • The average male can grow to 15 feet.
  • Alligators can be mainly seen in Florida and Louisiana, but can be found as far north as North Carolina.
  • In the wild, alligators generally live to be 35 to 50 years old. Alligators can live longer—for 60 to 80 years—in captivity.
  • A group of alligators is called a congregation.