Alligator Research

alligator face

Each year, FWC biologists survey and monitor alligator populations in approximately 130 Alligator Management Units (AMUs) in Florida. By looking at trends statewide, the FWC can better manage and conserve the alligator population and identify critical alligator wetland habitat, long-term population changes or habitat losses. Health assessments, like the one shown in this video, help us monitor levels of contaminants such as mercury or pesticides in the blood and muscle tissue of alligators.

View YouTube video about this project.

FWC image by Tim Donovan