World's Largest Alligator
Swampy is big -- big enough to contain the gift shop, ticket counter and offices of Jungle Adventures, in the holiday season-themed town of Christmas, Florida. How long exactly is Swampy? "Pretty damn long!" an absentee manager's voice blares from the phone at the cashier's station, as employees scurry to protect their supremacy claim from a rival gator in Kissimmee.
One employee heads home for a tape measure, visibly worried about an incident when "the Channel 6 news van backed over the tail and crushed the last three or four feet." Swampy has been here since 1992. A Jungle Adventure team runs the tape down the full length, digging down around the shells at the tip of the tail. Channel 6 damage is negligible. Total length: 200 feet, 1 inch!
Behind Swampy, Jungle Adventures offers a tour of an Indian Village, and animal shows that include native Florida bears and other injured or thrown-away exotic pets. The bears are in a tall, airy cage. This is the largest gator farm in Florida. The gift shop sells frozen alligator meat for your barbecuing pleasure.