A familiar south Florida reptile, the adult Alligator (Alligator mississipiensis) is black and has a broad, rounded snout. A juvenile is about inches at birth and has bold yellowish crossbands on its dark body. Protection of this species has increased its population after decades of over hunting. A limited hunting season has been reintroduced in Florida. The Alligator is seen in the brackish water in Henderson Creek and in fresh water along Shell Island Road. It is more common in the summer when water salinity is lower. Adult alligators eat fish, snakes, turtles, small mammals, and birds. Learn more.