It was pouring rain but that didn’t stop us. We wanted to experience an air boat (maybe its too much CSI Miami) and the weather wasn’t going to be a barrier; ‘sides, we got soaked from the boat anyways.
We went out with Louisiana Swamp Tours in Crown Point(Marrero); on the other side of the Mississippi River.
Sitting in the front of air boat was great; water stinging in our faces and splashing everywhere. We made several stops as our guide Jay told us about the swamps, the destruction of the wetlands, and alligator info. (Normally you would dry off during these stops but it poured rain through all of them).
The guide had a “pet” alligator; if she looks happy its because he demonstrated how to tell gender – you can use your imagination.
We also saw some bigger alligators in the wild, including a 13-footer!! This one was smaller…8 ft or so…
Up to a certain age you can tell the length and age of an alligator by measuring the distance between the nose and ridge on the head. One inch equals one foot and one year. Eventually they slow down and grow much slower.
Because of alligator farming these guys are no longer on the endangered species list. Farmers can take alligator eggs from the wild before they hatch. If left in the wild about 1 in 6 will survive. In the farm setting less than 1 in 6 die. Farmers must return 25% of the alligators to the wild when they are between 3-4 ft which greatly reduces their risk.