Thursday, March 28, 2013

What a neighbor!

A fellow resident of our town
One mid-morning in early March, Husband Walter and I cruised through the mainland area of Gulf Islands National Park not many blocks from where we live. We spotted this huge occupant of the alligator pond.

Actually the reptiles are not corralled in the pond. They are free to park wherever they choose in the adjacent bayou and salt marsh. Sometimes they even venture onto the road or onto the road or into the picnic area. 

This gator had to be longer than six feet and was probably closer to eight feet. 


Ginny Hartzler said...

I hope you keep your doors locked, you never know how smart they are!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I had to look at the photo twice, because the gator looked like a concrete ledge. Lol.

Sandra said...

i am glad he is NOT my neighbor.. but great shot. we went to the Okefenokee swamp when my kids were teens and these guys were laying on the paths and beside the paths, big ones and the guide said if you don't bother them they want bother you. RIGHT is what i thought then and now.

Anonymous said...

When I lived in FL one of these guys would wander into the neighborhood and eat the odd cat.\

Today, i understand they are having a battle with ferel pythons let go by pet owners. I am rooting for the American Alligator.


Arkansas Patti said...

We use to say in Florida, "If you put in a pond, you have built a home for a gator." They will find it.
That is a really big one. Hope people leash their dogs.