Due to increasing demand for alligator products, alligator farming has become a lucrative business in the southern United States. This guide provides everything you need to know about starting a successful alligator farm. The American alligator is a large semi-aquatic reptile native to the southeastern US, and alligator farming is legal in several states including Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. Alligator farmers breed alligators in captivity, providing them with a diet of meat and monitoring their growth until they are harvested for their meat and leather. Starting an alligator farm can cost about $50,000 and can be a profitable enterprise, with alligator skins and meat being the main revenue streams. Alligator farms also aid conservation efforts by providing an alternative source of alligator products and by releasing captive-bred alligators into the wild. Alligator farms are often located in remote areas to minimize odor and safety hazards, and various permits and regulatory requirements apply for the collection of wild alligator eggs and transportation of animals and products.