Essentially America

THE STATE FRESHWATER REPTILE:

ALLIGATOR

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More than a million ‘gators’ live in Florida’s swamps, rivers and canals; the longest on record was 14ft 3½ inches! Spot them on Alligator Alley, the 80-mile stretch of Interstate 75 that slices through the Everglades between Fort Lauderdale and Naples. Watch for them on golf courses, rememberin­g that they are deceptivel­y quick. If your ball lands near a sunbathing gator, you are allowed to take a free drop from the nearest point of relief – a safe distance.

 ??  ?? An alligator in Big Cypress National Park
An alligator in Big Cypress National Park

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