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?

Answers:*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!