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Big Local, Handsome Fella

Some days out there it’s like all the locals turn out at the same time. This was one of them. He was much too large to be a female, hence the title here.

Nobody really knows how many Alligator are around the Lowcountry, but I have heard over 110,000. Not sure where the number came from, it stuck in my head as a lot, but considering the marsh sizes and what we see that may be low.

Big Local, Alligator
Big Local, Alligator

Momma And The Kids, Alligator

She was staying close to the shore but at the time I could see or hear nothing. I knew there were about 13-14 young ones here. They were clever and stayed hidden right at the waters edge in brush.

Momma And The Kids, Alligator
Momma And The Kids, Alligator

Alligators are the only reptile that guard young after they hatch. They need to you since babies are small and just about everything out here will eat them.

Momma And The Kids, Alligator
Momma And The Kids, Alligator

I didn’t want to upset her, or get her excited so we stood there watching. Mom did start to move around the edges of the branches though.

Momma And The Kids, Alligator
Momma And The Kids, Alligator

And soon we heard the little ‘chirps’ of babies. Closer than I thought and right at the waterline. They were no larger than 6 inches (15 centimeters).

Momma And The Kids, Alligator
Momma And The Kids, Alligator

Mom was working her way around the brush watching us. Around here we are not considered much of a threat, but this not to mean you get too close or bother the young.

Momma And The Kids, Alligator
Momma And The Kids, Alligator

In the above image I tried to capture a few babies without leaning over.

Momma And The Kids, Alligator
Momma And The Kids, Alligator

The little ones stayed in the thick greenery, some slipping under the water. I did want a better open shot but today was not the day.

Momma And The Kids, Alligator
Momma And The Kids, Alligator

Mom was about 15 yards (13 meter) and floating. She was careful and calm.

There’s no reason to get her agitated so we move on.

They Take Great Photographs, Alligator

Their photographs can be just so dramatic.

They Take Great Photographs, Alligator
They Take Great Photographs, Alligator

Ominous, threatening… yet they are doing absolutely nothing.

They Take Great Photographs, Alligator
They Take Great Photographs, Alligator

The smaller Alligator in the middle may be a mature female, all the rest look to be males. A female usually doesn’t get any larger than 8 feet (2.5 meters). The others are 111-12 feet (3.5 meters).

For perspective the second shot above had my lens pulled all the way back at 150mm. Yes I was close, but I’m not out there swimming with them either.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

 

Getting Warm Is Now Important, Alligator

The temperatures have finally started to dip into the winter weather. We all joke about ‘winter weather’ here, yet it still is cold.

Alligators are cold blooded animals, winter is not easy for them. All the sunny spots are filled during the day.

Getting Warm Is Now Important, Alligator
Getting Warm Is Now Important, Alligator

While they don’t hibernate, their body will slow way down. No eating, they don’t need or want to.

A big hole somewhere is what they will be looking for soon. I’ve never seen a gator hole but might be nice to know where they are…just to avoid the area.

Mom’s Watching

This Mom has kept the kids pretty close and hidden away in reeds and low hanging brush.

Mom's Watching
Mom’s Watching

Young Alligators make little ‘chirping’ noises which is at times the only way you know they are around.

Mom's Watching
Mom’s Watching

It’s that or ‘the look’ from Mom.

Mom's Watching
Mom’s Watching

Above are a few new born hiding. I didn’t think it prudent to lean down at them.

Mom's Watching
Mom’s Watching

Mom was still there.