Florida: We Like Alligators

Young Alligator Face

Young Alligator Face

Big Gator in Swamp

Big Gator in Swamp

Pair of Alligators:  Foot on Face

Pair of Alligators: Foot on Face

Alligator Hug

Alligator Hug

Toothly Face in Pile of Alligators

Toothly Face in Pile of Alligators

White Leucistic Alligator

White Leucistic Alligator

Gator Torso Vibration During Mating Display

Gator Torso Vibration During Mating Display

Egret Riding an Alligator

Egret Riding an Alligator

Vintage Postcard:  Big Joe Alligator

Vintage Postcard: Big Joe Alligator

Vintage Postcard:  Alligator Quartette Singing

Vintage Postcard: Alligator Quartette Singing

Vintage Postcard:  Alligator Chorus

Vintage Postcard: Alligator Chorus

Vintage Alligator Orange Fruit Crate Label

Vintage Alligator Orange Fruit Crate Label

In Florida we live with the largest reptile in North America –the American alligator.  I was surprised to learn that a published study in 2013 documented their use of tools.  It was found that during nesting season some alligators balance sticks on their heads to lure birds looking for nesting material.  Mid-April to May is prime mating season.  Courtship displays include head slapping, torso vibration, and bellowing (the sound travels for quite some distance).  Alligator mothers are devoted to protecting their eggs, and stay with their young for up to a year.  Their toothy “smiles” contain about 80 teeth.  Worn teeth are replaced with new ones, so an alligator can go through 2,000 teeth in a lifetime!  Occasionally an alligator visits our pond, but eventually it moves on to a new gator hole.  Alligators have always attracted the interest of tourists, and their images have been used for logos, mascots, and throughout pop culture.    Alligators are an important part of our Florida ecosystem, and we enjoy having them around. 

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.

13 Responses to Florida: We Like Alligators

  1. Ingrid says:

    Love the photo of the egret on the gator!

  2. Kongo says:

    Love that young alligator face, Pam!

  3. Great gator photos, Pam! LOVE the foot on face and Egret taking a ride!

  4. Fantastic post, Pam!

  5. FeyGirl says:

    Hoorah! We love alligators, these amazing and ancient, but still misunderstood creatures! Such wonderful images… And I love these vintage postcards — I’d love to get my paws on one of ’em. 🙂

    • Pam says:

      Yay! Alligators are the best! Check out eBay – you can get some really great vintage postcards there. I have another one of an alligator theme park in Los Angeles that shows gators going down a slide! The alligator border postcard is from 1909.

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