Where Are Alligators In Florida? (Animal Answers)

In this guide, we’ll answer the question:

“Where are alligators in Florida?”

First, you’ll find a short summary explaining which counties alligators are located in Florida, then learn about the parts of the state that have the most alligators and no alligators at all.

Alligators are carnivorous reptiles and opportunistic feeders. Alligators are in the order crocodilian within the family Alligatoridae and genus Alligator. There are two extant species of alligators: the American alligator and the Chinese alligator.

Where Are Alligators In Florida

Where Are Alligators In Florida?

Alligators are in all 67 counties of Florida which include Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, etc.

Florida Counties with Alligators

  • Alachua
  • Baker
  • Bay
  • Bradford
  • Brevard
  • Broward
  • Calhoun
  • Charlotte
  • Citrus
  • Clay
  • Collier
  • Columbia
  • DeSoto
  • Dixie
  • Duval
  • Escambia
  • Flagler
  • Franklin
  • Gadsden
  • Gilchrist
  • Glades
  • Gulf
  • Hamilton
  • Hardee
  • Hendry
  • Hernando
  • Highlands
  • Hillsborough
  • Holmes
  • Indian River
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Lake
  • Lee
  • Leon
  • Levy
  • Liberty
  • Madison
  • Manatee
  • Marion
  • Martin
  • Miami-Dade
  • Monroe
  • Nassau
  • Okaloosa
  • Okeechobee
  • Orange
  • Osceola
  • Palm Beach
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Polk
  • Putnam
  • Santa Rosa
  • Sarasota
  • Seminole
  • St. Johns
  • St. Lucie
  • Sumter
  • Suwannee
  • Taylor
  • Union
  • Volusia
  • Wakulla
  • Walton
  • Washington

Which Part of Florida Has the Most Alligators?

The part of Florida that has the most alligators is Lake George, near the St. Johns River in Northeast Florida. This area of Florida has more than 2,300 alligators. Lake Kissimmee in Osceola County is the second most populated part of the state with just under 2,000 alligators.

Alligator population data source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

What Part of Florida Has No Alligators?

The part of Florida that has no alligators is the freshwater spring-fed rivers in Central Florida, which include Ichetucknee Springs, Madison Blue Spring, Withlacoochee, and Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail.

Do All Lakes In Florida Have Alligators?

All lakes in Florida contain alligators because the population of alligators is so dense throughout the state. Evidence of alligators living in a Florida lake includes large indentations or gouges in the ground and sliding marks where they reentered the water.

As for the number of alligators that can live in a single lake in Florida, the total population depends on the age of the reptiles. On average, only 10 alligator hatchlings live to be one year old. And of these yearlings, 8 will become subadults, and around 5 will reach full maturity.

Learn More About Alligators

Now that you know more about alligators and Florida, you may also be interested in these other educational guides on these reptiles:

Florida Alligator

Alligators In Florida Summary

You now know where are alligators in Florida.

As you discovered in this guide, alligators live in all Florida counties; however, there are parts of the state that do not contain alligators, such as freshwater spring-fed rivers in Central Florida.