Did you know that we have all sorts of creatures living in our Golf N’ Gator animal family? From alligators to parrots we have a little bit of everything! In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to our scaly and feathery friends.
At Golf N’ Gator, you will be delighted to find a variety of wildlife that you won’t find at any other mini golf course!
Our American Alligators!
Of course, our most popular animals are our alligators! We have a whole pond full of them that you can view while you play mini golf. Alligators are native to the southeastern United States and can grow up to 20 feet in length! They are carnivores, meaning they eat meat, and their diet consists mostly of fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Alligators have a lifespan of about 50 years in the wild but can live up to 70 years in captivity. Males are usually larger than females and can weigh up to 1,000 pounds!
American alligators are often mistaken for crocodiles, but there are a few ways you can tell them apart. Alligators have wider snouts and rounder jaws, while crocodiles have narrower snouts and pointier jaws. Alligators also tend to be darker in color than crocodiles.
Alligators are apex predators, which means they are at the top of the food chain. This is why it is so important to never feed them or try to pet them. Alligators are shy by nature and would much rather retreat than fight, but they are still wild animals and should be respected. They may look like they’re smiling, but they are wild animals and can be dangerous. Just admire them from a distance and enjoy watching them sunbathe or swim around!
Interact with our American Alligators
Should you choose to get a little closer, you can feed the alligators from a distance, or get even closer and hold our baby alligators for photos and memories that are sure to last! We also offer educational wildlife shows with Safari Todd to learn more about our fascinating animals, including gators!
Do you have any other questions about alligators or any of the other animals at our park? Be sure to ask one of our friendly staff members during your next visit!
Our Beautiful African Grey Parrot! (& more!)
Delilah is our lovely African Grey Parrot, she is bubbly and super smart, she also loves watermelon and corn on the cob! Make sure to stop by and say hello to her before or after your mini golf game!
African Grey Parrots are amazing birds known for their intelligence and ability to mimic human speech. They originate from the forests of Western Africa, where they live in small flocks high up in the trees.
These parrots are 12 to 14 inches long, with a wingspan of about 20 inches, and they weigh between 10 and 20 ounces. The African Grey Parrot has a grey body, red tail, and yellow eyes. They can live up to 60 years in captivity! In the wild, their diet consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and insects.
We are so happy to have Delilah as part of our animal family and we are committed to providing her with the best care possible! We also have more parrots, come check them out!
Franklin, our friendly tortoise, is 25 years old (which is considered young for tortoises!). He has his own habitat where you can see him dine on his favorite sweet potato and roam around in the hay. You won’t want to miss Franklin on your next trip to Golf N’ Gator, so be sure to swing by and meet him!
Tortoises are land-dwelling reptiles that are known for their hard shells. These animals are found in warm climates all over the world and can live for many years – some tortoises have been known to reach an age of 100! Tortoises are vegetarian and eat a diet of leaves, fruits, and vegetables.
When it gets hot outside, tortoises will often burrow into the ground to stay cool. When it gets cold, they may hibernate in their burrows. Tortoises are very slow animals and can only move about 0.3 miles per hour. Tortoises like taking it slow, maybe that’s why they live for so long!
Golf N’ Gator would not be the same without Franklin, we are so happy that he is part of our animal family and in our care. We also have box turtles, cane toads, and much more-come check out the rest of our animal family!
Our Pythons and Boas!
We have a wide variety of snakes at Golf N’ Gator, our most popular to visit and interact with are our Pythons and our Boa Constrictors! Fun fact, they are non-venomous, so you have the chance to hold one if you’d like!
Pythons can grow to be very large, up to 26 feet! They are constrictors, meaning they kill their prey by wrapping their bodies around it and squeezing. You can find pythons in Africa, Asia, and Australia. Snakes are often feared because they are misunderstood. Our staff is more than happy to help you learn more about these amazing creatures so that you can see how awesome they really are!
Boa constrictors also kill their prey by wrapping their bodies around it and squeezing, but they don’t get as large as pythons. You can find Boa constrictors in North and South America. Like pythons, they are also feared by many people because they are misunderstood. Our boa constrictors are gentle, and they would love to meet you up close. We hope you’ll take the time to get to know them better!
We have these snakes and many more such as western hognose snakes, Florida kingsnakes, and red rat snakes, in our enclosures, come check out our entire variety!
Our Lizards And Insects!
Everyone from Florida is very familiar with all kinds of lizards, and at Golf N’ Gator, we have varieties that you may not see every day! We also have insects such as scorpions, and arachnids such as tarantulas!
Iguanas are native to the tropical areas of Central and South America. They can grow to be about 6-7 feet long and live an average lifespan of 20 years. In the wild, their diet consists of leaves, flowers, fruits, and insects. They are great swimmers and spend a lot of their time in trees!
Tarantulas are a type of spider that lives in warm climates all over the world. They can grow to be about 4-5 inches long and live an average lifespan of 20 years. Tarantulas are carnivores and their diet consists of insects, small mammals, and reptiles. They are not dangerous, we have ours ready for you to hold and meet!
Scorpions are a type of arachnid you can find in warm climates all over the world. They can grow to be about 3-4 inches long and live an average lifespan of 25 years. Scorpions are carnivores and their diet consists of insects, small mammals, and reptiles.
At Golf N’ Gator, We have even more types of birds, lizards, insects, and reptiles on our grounds, so come check them out! If you’re interested in learning more about our animal family, join us for a Safari Todd wildlife show to learn even more about our beautiful animal kingdom! For more information, please visit our website at https://golfngator.com/ or give us a call at 321-799-4545.