This is a ‘little local’, maybe a year or so old. No larger than 2 feet (.61 meter).
He was slipping around the shore, pushing through the greens when he jumped and snapped.
I did catch the moment, but he hid whatever it was.
When I was obviously watching, he froze and stared back. If I moved, he chewed and thrashed under the water. Maybe he was afraid I would take it away, another Alligator would.
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This ‘thing’ about hiding what they are eating is not uncommon. Just a few days ago I came on a very large Alligator, chewing on something. He stopped when he saw me. I waited to get the photo, but gave up. I turned, he opened really wide ! I turned back with the camera… he snapped shut and stared at me.
Like I really want a half chewed smelly fish (or worse).