Alligator catching explained at UF event in Davie

Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 8:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 8:30 p.m.

DAVIE, Fla. — How do you catch an alligator?

Very carefully.

That's according to wildlife expert Frank Mazzotti, who explained how to grab the gators during an open house Saturday at the University of Florida's Research and Education Center in Davie.

Small alligators can be caught by hand, but researchers also use tongs and specially made self-locking wire snares. Mazzotti estimates he and a team of others catch about 300 alligators a year and about 200 crocodiles.

Alligator catching wasn't the only topic covered. Researchers also talked about how beehives produce honey, why the Everglades has changed over the past 100 years and how termites make nests.

Spokeswoman Carolina Revilla-Vendrame says about 200 people attended the event.

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