Thinking about becoming a Florida alligator farmer? You should research this idea thoroughly as the alligator hide market can be extremely variable and over-investment can result in business failure. For a primer on what alligator farming involves, read the extension publications below and review the alligator farming regulations.
Only 30 alligator farmers may be permitted to take hatchlings from the wild, and 30 alligator farmers may be permitted as eligible to participate in the collection and distribution of wild alligator eggs. When an egg or hatchling permit becomes available, notice of such availability will be published in the Florida Administrative Weekly. Persons wishing to apply for an available permit shall do so in writing within 30 days of publication of the original notice. Only persons licensed as alligator farmers may apply, and only one application per person will be accepted. Available permits shall be assigned based on a random drawing of qualified applicants.
The following files are in format.
Alligator Production in Florida
Alternative Opportunities for Small Farms: Alligator Production Review
Alligator Production: An Introduction
Alligator Production: Breeding and Egg Incubation
Alligator Production: Grow-out and Harvest
Other alligator farming information:
Farm Alligator Harvest Data
Food Permit Information and Application