# Gator Mania

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

# Gator Mania

April 12, 2019

In that swampy part of southern Florida called the Everglades, alligators are everywhere. They love the warm, muddy water, and the egrets, herons and other birds they eat for lunch. There are so many alligators — over 3 million — that if you ride through the swamp on an airboat (a flat-bottomed boat with a giant fan to blow it forward), alligators swim right up to you! Here we see “Buckethead,” as the tour guides call him. Alligators are full of math: the distance from their eyes to their nostrils in inches tells you the length of the whole gator in feet! Better yet, alligators’ snouts become more rectangular as they get older — the guides think Buckethead is about 80 years old.  We might have to change his name to Blockhead.

Wee ones: Who has more legs, you or Buckethead the alligator?

Little kids: Buckethead is 11 feet long. Try counting from 1 to 11! Bonus: Buckethead’s friend Eileen has an 8-inch gap from eyes to nose. How many feet longer is Buckethead than Eileen?

Big kids: Alligators have dozens of teeth. If you have 20 teeth and the alligator has 4 times as many, how many does the alligator have? Bonus: If Buckethead is exactly 80, how much older than you is he?