Magnet Badge of American Alligator, Embossed with Big Cypress National Park
Alligators have remained unchanged for millions of years and their ancestors date back to the time of dinosaurs. With their long tails, scales, and giant jaws with sharp teeth, these predators are often a symbol of fear in the swamp. Because of their bad reputation, alligators were once hunted to the point of extinction. We have since learned to view alligators not as villains, but as important engineers who maintains wetland ecosystems in both the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve.