This is the second in a series of a single day with even more Alligators than normal. Click here to view the first article.
The thing that struck here was how many were in the same general location, and how only the large Alligators were here.
For the most part Alligators will tolerate each other. Mid sized ones can mingle on the edges of the big guys safely. But not this day. They were nowhere near these guys.
Above is the ‘comfort gator’. Many of the others moved around when we showed up. Not him. It was too good a spot.
A little further down the dike the animals above were met. The second photograph has 2 Alligators together. Even the smaller guy was at least 6 feet (1.8 m).
Previously I mentioned they were all resting on smaller reed islands, on the left side of the dike. Another reason they all may have gathered here was to take advantage of how dry they were. At times higher waters will cover them.
Last observation here, none were hunting. This means they were fed and comfortable. It also means everyone of them is going to get hungry around the same time. Competition causes tension, so it should be interesting.