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Ochopee in Collier County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Big Cypress

Alligators

 
 
Big Cypress 
Alligators Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 3, 2015
1. Big Cypress 
Alligators Marker
Inscription. Imagine alligator relatives dating back to the days of dinosaurs, over 150 million years ago. Gators today still look similar to their 50 foot long relatives. Present day American alligators can grow to over 15 feet and many weigh up to 1,000 pounds. During the twentieth century, American alligators were almost hunted to extinction. Due to increased protection, however alligator number have rebounded. Limited gator hunts are legally permitted in parts of Florida, and throughout the state, they number over one million.

Los Caimanes de Big Cypress
Imagínese que los parientes del caimán se remontan a los días de los dinosaurious, hace más de 150 milliones de años. Los cocodrilos de hoy todavía se parecen a sus parientes de 50 pies (15 m) de largo. En los Estados Unidos los caimanes pueden crecer hasta alcanzar los 15 pies (4,5 m aprox.) de largo y pesar hasta 1.000 libras (450 kg aprox.). Durante el sigie veinte, los caimanes estadounidenses fueron cazados casi hasta su extinción. Sin embargo, gracias a la mayor protección el número de caimanes se ha recuperado. Se permite legalmente la caza limitada de caimanes en algunas zonas de Florida y en todo el estado son más de un millón.

Watch Wildlife Responsibly
While visiting Big Cypress National Preserve, or any other natural area, please remember:

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By Sandra Hughes, October 3, 2015
2. Watch Wildlife Responsibly
All wildlife is wild and unpredictable. Stay a safe distance from any wild animal. Fifteen feet is the recommended minimum safe distance for alligators.
• View wildlife with respect. How you behave can save their life and yours.
• Never feed or harass wildlife.
• All plants and animals within national preserve areas are protected, it is illegal to collect any plant or wildlife without special permits.

Observar la vida silvestre con responsabilidad
Durante su visita a Big Cypress National Preserve, o cualquier otra área natural, favor de recordar que:
• Toda la vida silvestre es salvaje e impredecible. Manténgase a una distancia segura de los animales salvajes. La recomendada distancia mínima de seguridad entre los cocodrilos y usted son quince pies (4,6 metros).
• Debe observar la vida silvestre con respeto. La manera en que usted se comporta puede salvar su vida y la de ellos.
• Nunca debe alimentar ni molestar a la vida silvestre.
• Toda la flora y fauna que se encuentra dentro de las reservas nacionales es protegida. Es ilegal recoger plantas o animales silvestres sin permisos especiales.
 
Erected by Big Cypress National Preserve/ Everglade Park Service U. S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 25° 51.537′ N, 81° 1.992′ W. Marker is in Ochopee, Florida, in Collier County. Marker is on Florida Trail. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Big Cypress Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee FL 34141, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birds of Big Cypress (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wildlife & You (about 300 feet away); H. P. Williams Roadside Park (about 400 feet away); Big Cypress National Preserve (about 400 feet away); Fighting an Invasion (about 500 feet away).
 
Also see . . .  Big Cypress. Alligators have remained unchanged for millions of years and their ancestors date back to the time of dinosaurs. With their long tails, scales, and giant jaws with sharp teeth, these predators are often a symbol of fear in the swamp. Because of their bad reputation, alligators were once hunted to the point of extinction; over ten million alligators were killed between 1860-1970. We have since learned to view alligators not as villains, but as important engineers who maintains wetland ecosystems in both the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve. (Submitted on July 28, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
Categories. AnimalsEnvironmentWaterways & Vessels

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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