Just because you don't see them doesn't mean they're not here, says Everglades guide Graham Mitchell during an off-season tour.
In the rainy summer season, wildlife disappear into the park's million and a half acres where there's plenty of water, and gators like this one stay happily submerged in warm holes, he explains. In winter as the park dries up, animals congregate near water where they're easier to spot, and gators take the chill off by basking in the sun. Then, You could see 100 alligators in 10 minutes, Mitchell says.
Patricia Borns for The Boston Globe