American alligators at rest
Everglades Alligator Farm, one of Homestead's busiest attractions draws tourist and camera crews from all over the world. This privately owned attraction is a real working alligator farm, according to owners, Charles and Deborah Thibos.
The Everglades Alligator Farm is currently home to about 2,000 alligators of all sizes. The smaller alligators are kept in grow-out pens and the larger alligators are in natural settings called breeding ponds.
It takes about six years for an alligator to start breeding.
The female alligator will have only one clutch of eggs a year, depending on the mother's age and fertility the clutch will contain up to 45 eggs.
A trip to the alligator farm includes an exciting airboat tour into the surrounding Everglades and a walk around the farm to see the alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and wildlife.
There is also a great display of local snakes along with some of the more exotic species of snakes from around the world.