Whew, full grown gator! Just be sure to watch your step, Jasmine!
Didn't a woman recently die from inguries due to a gator attack in FL.*shudders* It was in the news here in NJ.
It happens every once in awhile - but the vast majority of the time it is because somebody is harassing the alligator, throwing rocks at it, trying to feed it, etc. Allegedly if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone.
I've even seen little Cajun kids swimming alongside them - not me though!!!
wow. crazy! i'd love to live somewhere with real live aligators! :)
ooooooo that is quite neat and quite scary!
Seeing such a big alligator must have given you a huge shot of adrenaline, but don't get careless around them!
Wow, 7:30 would be sleeping in for me, but then as soon as I can I'm going to stop getting up at 5:30 every day. Just one of those trials at the moment.
Yeah, when I was in school I loved getting up around 7 and getting stuff done while everything was quiet and calm.
5:30 for me too!! Of course one cannot sleep in with kids poking you in the eye!!
YIkes!! How scary!!! I think I would start carrying something tastier than me along!! Maybe Haul a chicken with you!!! Fling it the other way!!..LOL
Maybe you should call Animal control before it eats someone or someone's pet, so they can relocate it!...Another reason why I am terrified of any body of water bigger than a puddle in Florida!! LOL....Yikes! That gave me goosebumps!..LOL
Don't worry, animals are usually put off by eating humans. We are completely upright and thus look a lot bigger than we are, and also we are oddly shaped. The nonexistent transition of our narrow heads to our broad shoulders is too steep to eat easily.
Alligators don't usually eat people. They may attack for one reason or another and chew for a bit, but I don't think they eat whole people. Crocodiles, which can get much larger (some in excess of 20 feet!) would easily eat a person.
Most lakes down here don't have alligators though :-/ We have a small but deep lake in my neighborhood that has never seen an alligator in the 20 years of it's creation.
Wow! That's a big one!! We've never had one that big by our house. We did have a 4' one in a neighbors yard about 12 house down from me. It's not really that common here though.
I thought the rule was that they kill alligators found in urban areas that were over five feet long?
It's a shame if they do.
I constantly have dreams about alligators. The biggest I have ever seen was about five or six feet long, and it had crawled up out of a canal and was sitting about two feet away from an Arby's parking lot. I had seen it in the water there for some time and thought it was a lot smaller.
They are terrifying and awesome at the same time. It's so odd to me that people who live far from real bodies of connecting water may have no idea what alligators are like in person, or have even seen a real one. I see maybe three or four every year here in South Florida, unless we go out to the Everglades, and then they are common.
Oh no - they just come in a truck and relocate them. Unless they are designated as "dangerous" (ie, a gator that has been actively causing problems, etc.). Our town (before it was built) actually used to be the "dumping ground" for the alligators found on Disney property, hehe!
What a singular sight! That's amazing, Jasmine! =) *mocks Steven Irwin* She's a beauty! I guess you have something to add to your "Croc files" now. ;) *wink*
Oh, excuse me. What a horrible mistake! I guess it would be "Gator files" not "Croc". =) hehe. There aren't even crocs in Florida, are there?
You are so lucky!! OH! Sweet HUGE alligator!! I love it! :)
I get up at 6:30 every morning when you have two young ones that get up at that time it is hard to go back to sleep. than I am on the internet, checking out here. Jasmine stay away from those gators:) as I said in the e-mail to you as babies they are cute but full grown yikes.!
WOWIE!! That'd b neat to see, but ya, really unsettling..lol! The only time I've ever seen a full grown "grab-you-and-drag-you-into-the-water-to-eat-you" alligator, it was at the Kansas City Zoo!
Well I am from NY the Bronx born there and than lived in NJ for 28 years, There was a small zoo in NJ my sister and I went to they had two gators in an open lake and the zoo keeper fed them a whole chicken one swallow and it was gone it was amazing bones and all. Yikes!!
I would say it would be a good thing to stay out of the water, unless it's the ocean. Arrgh ! Alligators are so primeval and scary ... although the little ones are really cute, i don't think the big ones are, esp. in person ::shudders::.
Yeah - the fact that they are so prehistoric looking, and such simple creatures mentally is kind of unsettling - kind of like sharks. They're just big chomping machines!