Gators in the Duckweed!

Gator in Duckweed with Mouth Open

Gator Pair in Duckweed

Gator Pair Together in Duckweed

Gator in Duckweed Head

The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America.  Florida and Louisiana each have over one million gators in the wild!  Alligators can live up to 100 years old and reach up to 19 feet long.  Older gators tend to have taller ridges (scutes) on their backs and wider snouts.  Gators love to hide in duckweed-covered ponds.  Florida Native Indians reportedly made duckweed soup as a stomach remedy.  These days duckweed is being considered for use as a biofuel.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

8 Responses to Gators in the Duckweed!

  1. zannyro says:

    ewwwww.but…that last image is just outstanding!!

  2. Pam says:

    Thanks! As you can tell, I like gators!

  3. elisaruland says:

    Your photographs never fail to amaze me! These are wonderful.

  4. I have seen them in Florida, and they are quite prehistoric but not as bad as Nile Croccodiles which I saw in Ethiopia and were 10M long!

    • Pam says:

      Crocodiles are extremely dangerous! We have a small population of them living in the southern tip of Florida, but fortunately that is all.

  5. FeyGirl says:

    Beautiful shots! Looks like they were a mating pair, too! I love seeing them in duckweed… 🙂 Yay gators!

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