The other day I made a comment how there were no Alligators, or even signs, around. This was the first time we had gone out to a swamp since hurricane Matthew hit. The marshes we had found to be normal, but these swamps were rearranged. Floating grass islands were on shore, water more open.
Of course we did find the locals after a while.
Like the grass and reeds, they had moved around also. Most looked to have left the shallow rookery areas and settled into the deeper lakes.
The shot above shows what I guess to be a large (8 foot) female with a young one ( 3 foot) near by. There were actually 3 of the smaller size there. I have been told a female Alligator will remain, and protect, young for several years. The only reptile to do that. Good info to remember… see little one, look for momma.
This big one was resting, backwards, on a platform. Too bad we didn’t see him climb up. As the weather cools more will be finding warm spots to get the sun.
Over all there were still plenty of them, big and small out in the swamp.
My parting comment was “I knew they were out here. I just prefer to see them, not wonder where they are.”