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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: 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: amanda_now
2004-08-02 09:20 am (UTC)
Oh good, I hate to see animals killed for simply living too close to people.

lol @ Disney dumping grounds!

You probably have quite a few around if that's the case.
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