Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator - click to enlarge

Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator

First topic here, this really old and ugly Alligator. In the wild Alligators can live up to 60 years. That’s a long time in an inhospitable world. The old guys have seen their share of fighting and wounds. This one looks to be missing most of his snout. I have seen some huge ones with very few teeth.

Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator - click to enlarge
Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator – click to enlarge

I couldn’t get a decent angle. It didn’t seem prudent to ask him to move either.

Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator - click to enlarge
Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator – click to enlarge

Above, like the first big guy, the Alligator is digging into the mud. It’s now winter and 12 foot (3.6M) gators need to hunker down.

A big hole would be perfect. Covering up in a mud works too. It’s hard to find holes the size of a small car.

Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator - click to enlarge
Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator – click to enlarge

Alligators don’t hibernate, but when the temperature gets low their body slows down and they deep sleep.

Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator - click to enlarge
Digging In, Keeping Warm, Alligator – click to enlarge

When a sunny day comes along, everybody is out catching some rays.

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