Gator Mania

In that swampy part of southern Florida called the Everglades, alligators are everywhere. Here we see “Buckethead,” as the Everglades tour guides like to call him. And if a gator wanders into your kitchen, the Fish and Wildlife department says it’s an emergency only if the gator is longer than 4 feet. Shorter than that, you’re told to shoo it away with a broom. Let’s hope Buckethead and his buddies stay in the swamp!

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?











Wee ones: The alligator has more legs — you have 2, he has 4.

Little kids: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. Bonus: 3 feet longer.

Big kids: 80 teeth. Bonus: Different for everyone…subtract your age from 80. Or if you’re 80 or older, find out how much older you are by subtracting 80 from your age!

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