Everglades’ Alligators

There are both alligators (more rounded nose) and crocodiles (more pointed nose) in Southern Florida, but the most common are alligators. The pictures below are of some of the alligators (and maybe one crocodile) I saw in my trip through 25 miles of the Everglades. Alligators usually try to blend in with their surrounds (like posing as floating logs for example), but they also like to warm themselves in the sun. The pictures reflect both of these varied states of alligators. There is an alligator close encounter story near the end of this post.

Gater Peek-a-Boo

Gater Peek-a-Boo

Head in the Water

Head in the Water

Sunbathing Gater

Sunbathing Gater

Hiding in the Shadows

Hiding in the Shadows

Gater in Waiting

Gater in Waiting

Crocodile?

Crocodile?

Alligator Head

Alligator Head

Gater Drumsticks

Gater Drumsticks

The next two images have a story behind them. The images are of a 9-10 foot alligator that I almost stepped on. Because Pat usually parked the van close to the roadside (to allow for the few passing vehicles), I got used to opening my door and taking a look before stepping out in order to avoid mud or poison ivy. As I started to open my door at this glade, I saw an alligator tail and heard a very loud (at least to me!) hiss. I quickly closed the door and rolled down the window, taking these two shots from safer environs than an alligator’s tail . . . or jaw.

Big Daddy (or Mommy?) Alligator

Big Daddy (or Mommy?) Alligator

Big Daddy has Big Teeth

Big Daddy has Big Teeth

Dragonfly (In case you need a break from alligators)

Dragonfly (In case you need a break from alligators)

Bye Bye Gater

Bye Bye Gater

6 Comments on “Everglades’ Alligators

  1. Cute post, Julie. I have smiled a lot as I remember that loud hiss – and yes you remember right that it was loud.

    • I think my favorites are the drum stick & the bye, bye, gator. Really cute titles.

      • Thanks Pat. I think the one picture is of a crocodile. Both the snout and eye placement are more typical of a croc than a gater. Whatchathink?

      • It looks like it to me, too. Although I don’t think I have ever seen a croc.

      • It looks like a croc to me – but then I don’t think I’ve ever seen a croc. 🙂

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