We joke among ourselves that some of the Alligators we recognize. These were taken in a wildlife area with large marshes that we visit often.
I read recently there are 75 Alligators in every hectare or 2 1/2 acres of marsh.
This particular Alligator noticed us and as you can see above came right over to meet us.
Eventually he slowed down and turned.
As he drifted over…it was ‘Snaggle Tooth’. A large Alligator with an unusual tooth.
A number of the larger locals have scars and old wounds. So yes, we do recognize some of them. It’s not really all that hard though.
The other day I published an article with a few very young Alligators (Click here to view).
This local was floating along a short distance up that same creek.
The size was not all that large, but perhaps this might have been Mom watching over the kids.
Sometimes they just look to be smiling.
If that’s true, I want to know why.
The marsh here was very low, all the remaining water along a few creeks.
Of course the ‘locals’ were taking advantage of the new vegetation.
These a very young, almost new born, baby Alligators. They were photographed in a small creek running along side a marsh.
We had split up and gone in different directions after hitting the first dike.
Ellen found them (above) down in the depression while waiting to meet up with me.
Female Alligators guard their young for at least a year. So the first question was ‘where’s momma’.
I’m sure she was watching us…from somewhere.
The hot summer doldrums have kept these Alligators hiding from the sun. This is the only time of year I can go out without seeing any.
It looks like they come out of the grasses, cool off in the water for a while, and stay along the edge in whatever shade they find.
When it cools off there will be plenty around to photograph.
Another example of ‘You never know what you will find out there’.
Better this, than the other way around.
On a trail, ACE Basin, South Carolina.
This is not the first time I’ve seen this. But I still need to wonder.
Why? It can’t be comfortable.
This one started to walk into the water and stopped. You could see him get take a big sigh. They simply stop, where ever, and lay there.
Taken in a large wildlife management area.