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Good morning!!! [Aug. 2nd, 2004|09:07 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Lately I've been getting up at around 7:30 - I really like getting up early, I feel like I get a lot more done in a day.

Right now I'm going through emails, etc. I'm kind of procrastinating (as you can tell, since I'm posting here at LJ, lol).

Yesterday I saw one of the most startling and cool things!! Matt and I were riding our bikes on the trails that go out behind our house. We went a long ways out through the woods and ended up back behind the high school. There is a small lake there, and I saw what I thought had to be a big tree trunk lying on the grass at the side of the lake. That is, until it started to move, lol. It was a big alligator!! Now, I see little baby alligators and adolescent alligators all the time here in town, usually whenever I go to the post office, the bank, etc. But this was NO baby! It was a grownup alligator, which is a completely different story!!! This was the first time I'd ever seen a full-sized "grab-you-and-drag-you-into-the-water-to-eat-you" alligator here in Celebration!!! I jumped so quickly when I saw it move, lol. He/she just slowly moseyed over to the water and got in, not paying attention to us at all. It was really cool, but kind of unsettling - I remember the last time we were at that pond Matt was all crouched down on the side of it poking around and looking in the water, trying to get me to dare him to swim across.... I had no idea what was lurking in there! The animal control are supposed to relocate alligators over 6 feet to rural areas, but since we are surrounded by wetland preserve on all sides, I imagine it's easy for them to slip through.

I'd better get back to the email-answering! I will definitely be painting a little later on - I'll post a link to my webcam when I start =)

[User Picture]From: petienka
2004-08-02 06:50 am (UTC)
Whew, full grown gator! Just be sure to watch your step, Jasmine!
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[User Picture]From: _boxinghelena
2004-08-02 07:23 am (UTC)
Didn't a woman recently die from inguries due to a gator attack in FL.*shudders* It was in the news here in NJ.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-08-02 07:25 am (UTC)
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!!!
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From: unamanda
2004-08-02 07:26 am (UTC)
wow. crazy! i'd love to live somewhere with real live aligators! :)
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[User Picture]From: rhodes_studio
2004-08-02 07:45 am (UTC)
ooooooo that is quite neat and quite scary!
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[User Picture]From: neva_ivan
2004-08-02 07:46 am (UTC)

Be careful

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.
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[User Picture]From: boogarshadow
2004-08-02 08:18 am (UTC)

Re: Be careful

5:30 for me too!! Of course one cannot sleep in with kids poking you in the eye!!
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[User Picture]From: boogarshadow
2004-08-02 07:58 am (UTC)
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

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[User Picture]From: amanda_now
2004-08-02 09:12 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: tigerpixieart
2004-08-02 08:43 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: amanda_now
2004-08-02 09:08 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-08-02 09:17 am (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: artistchick
2004-08-02 09:47 am (UTC)
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*
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[User Picture]From: artistchick
2004-08-02 09:51 am (UTC)
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?
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2004-08-02 10:04 am (UTC)
You are so lucky!! OH! Sweet HUGE alligator!! I love it! :)
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From: flamingfaery
2004-08-02 11:04 am (UTC)

early rising everyday

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.!
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[User Picture]From: ariel_k5
2004-08-02 11:24 am (UTC)
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!

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From: flamingfaery
2004-08-02 11:32 am (UTC)


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!!
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[User Picture]From: alohashark
2004-08-02 05:34 pm (UTC)
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::.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-08-03 01:23 pm (UTC)
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!
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