Expect the smallest size alligator in your size-range and you will not be disappointed if you get something bigger! For example, choose the 6-9 foot size range if you will be happy with a 6 foot alligator. It is impossible for us to guarantee an exact size alligator as so little of the animal is showing above water. Your guide will look at the distance from the eyes to the tip of the snout to estimate length. Typically, the longer that distance is, the bigger the gator will be. If you have your heart set on an exact size alligator then, unfortunately, we are not the right guide service for you. Look for outfitters that price alligators individually by size instead of a size range.
Florida Size Record
A large adult alligator can weigh as much as 1000 pounds and can live for decades. The longest alligator on record was killed deep in a Louisiana swamp by E. A. McLlhenny in the early 1900’s. The beast was too big to get out of the swamp so he estimated the animal’s length using his rifle. The alligator measured about 584 cm (19.1 ft). The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the state’s record for length is a 14 foot, 3 ½ inch male alligator caught in Brevard County’s Lake Washington. The Florida record for weight is a 1,043 pound (13 feet 10-1/2 inches long) male alligator from Orange Lake in Alachua County.