We bet you didn’t know Colorado has alligators.
There’s a popular Twitter account called “Florida Man” who bills himself as the “world’s worst superhero” and documents all the insane things people in Florida do.
And the people of Florida do more insane things and things that are more insane than any other people anywhere else. Some recent highlights: Florida Man Hires Hit Man to Beat Up Retirement Home Girlfriend, Police Say Florida Man Installed Drug Drive-Thru Window On Side Of Mobile Home, and Florida Restaurant Ends Bring-Your-Monkey Night After Eight-Year-Old Bitten By Monkey.
The reason I bring up Florida, and these stories, is because you should not go to Florida because it is terrifying.
That said, what if you want to see an alligator? Colorado is all windswept plains and majestic peaks and high desert. Not exactly alligator territory. You’d have to go to Florida, and brave all the chaos that ensues, if you wanted to see an alligator!
Not true. You can see an alligator, in fact, more than one, at the Colorado Gators Reptile Park in Mosca (which I am not making up, by the way).
It’s actually a nice thing. Most of the rescued alligators and other assorted reptiles at the Colorado Gators Reptile Park, known colloquially as the Alligator Farm, used to be pets. The farm opened to the public in 1990 after the owners bought 100 baby alligators to take care of the dead fish on the 80-acre farm they had bought in southern Colorado. The alligators grew quickly (the water is quite warm there), and folks wanted to see them.
Eventually, the farm turned into a sanctuary for former exotic pets. They offer reptile handling classes and alligator wrestling classes. Let me repeat that: Alligator. Wrestling. Classes.
Channel your inner Ace Ventura.
It’s going to be “Colorado Man” soon, isn’t it?
What do you guys think? Pretty insane, right? Have you ever been to the Colorado Gators Reptile Park? Or are you planning on going in the near future? Let us know in the comments below.