Unlike an alligator smile, an alligator frown is always genuine, indicating a feeling of great remorse for having devoured so many Ho Hos. Learn to interpret a gator's expressions with today’s Groupon to Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery in Covington. Choose between the following options:
• For $10, you get a child tour package (a $21.87 value).
• For $13, you get an adult tour package (up to a $28.40 value).
Directed by Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery promotes wildlife and wetlands conservation with educational, hands-on tours where participants get a reptile's-eye view of the gator world. During the excursions, guests gain insight into the sharp-toothed cogs of the Louisiana alligator industry while learning interesting facts about the cold-blooded creatures, such as their ability to live up to six months without a meal. Watch as a fearless tour guide avoids tail spankings in the gator pen while staring through the toothy beasts' clear third eyelids, then visit the Playing with Baby Alligators facility, where smooth-skinned humans can admire the scaly armor of their marshy companions as they swim figure-infinities in a serpentine pool. Protective snout bands limit the baby gators’ natural chattiness, but telepathic communication is permitted. After the tour, a take-home photo helps visitors remember their expedition and prove their fearlessness to future generations.
A longtime tenant of Louisiana, the alligator has elected to populate Insta-Gator Ranch with more than 2,000 of its kind. Hundreds of reptilian ancestors are preserved in wallet form and available for purchase in the gift shop.
Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery
In partnership with Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Insta-Gator Ranch strives to preserve Louisiana wetlands and educate its visitors on regional wildlife. On the ranch, tour guides explain the ins and outs of the Louisiana alligator industry, from hatching gators to using them for food and textiles. During the tour, guests stroll along protected walkways near crystal clear waters to witness the goings-on of more than 2,000 alligators and view the specialized airplane used to scoop up alligator eggs from Louisiana swamps. Adding flair to the experience, a guide leaps into the pen to catch one before giving it a warm embrace and a box of water buffalo-flavored chocolates. Before tour's end, both kids and adults can hold and play with baby gators and have their portrait taken with the scaly youngsters. The hatchery also allows for the adoption of infant gators and houses a retail shop filled with alligator belts, wallets, heads, and more.