That statement is usually followed up with a nice ‘cheek pinch’.
I’ll skip that here.
He is part of a clutch we have photographed multiple times in the past. And yes, getting bigger. They grow about a foot a year for the first 3-4 years.
Female Alligators are territorial and build a big nest in the reeds and grasses as home. They can lay 50 eggs a year, in that nest.
I have not seen her nest but several generations of young are still around it. This day she was missing, or watching us from the reeds.