Big Gators and Little Gators

There are roughly 1.25 million alligators living in Florida.

If you’re out exploring nature for wildlife in south/southwest Florida, you’re going to see alligators lurking in the wild.


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Alligator – “Swamp Skimming”


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Alligator – “Big Boy” or “Voluptuous Gal”


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Alligator – “Toothy Grin”


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Alligator – “I think I’ve outgrown my log couch”



A different day, I found three juvenile alligators sunning in the early afternoon.Β  They were about two feet long.


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Little Alligators – see all three?


I spotted Momma Alligator hiding across the swamp about 60-70 feet away…..just her eyes above the water…..looking my way.

I couldn’t get a decent photo of her from where I was standing and decided it wasn’t a good idea to hang around for one.

I looked back at the juveniles and snapped a couple more shots, as they went on with their afternoon nap.

Those little alligators knew they were safe.Β  πŸ˜‰


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Juvenile Alligator – “Snoozin’ with a smile”


— Adult alligator photos taken at Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve


— Juvenile alligator photos taken at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park



43 thoughts on “Big Gators and Little Gators

    • Thank you, Ashley! I was using my 70-200mm & 1.7x teleconverter, then did some cropping on all photos. So these weren’t any threat to me; but there are signs advising beware of alligators,panthers, and bears along roads and park entrances. Good gosh, you can take swamp tours and wade/walk through swamps! 😲 I don’t think so! LOL

  1. I bet you, they were thinking, ~ Who’s that delicious photographer? ~ Great shots, Donna. πŸ™‚

  2. You were walking? I would be so nervous-were you? They are beautiful and you have some great shots. Between sharks and alligators I think I would be swimming in an indoor pool in the south. My Dad used to golf in Florida and Myrtle beach and some fairways had alligators in them, so he jokingly said he lost a ball in one of those ponds and went to retrieve it and changed his mind.

    • Thank you, Jane. I was walking along a road for the adult gators, and on a park trail for the little ones. My goodness, they have guided park trail tours, some that go walking/wading through parts of the swamp. 😲 I could never do that in a million years lol.

  3. Neat sightings! I was hoping to see the resident alligator in the pond down the street from my Mom’s house when I visited her last year in FL, but no joy. Maybe next visit. I’ll enjoy your images in the meantime. πŸ˜€

  4. Your photos captured the beauty, mystery, and edginess of the alligators, Donna — really wonderful. I especially like that little fella at the end, smiling while s/he slept. You have honed your photography skill when you can make an alligator look adorable.

  5. Hello again Donna,
    I had read how Florida is “famous” for its alligators. They look like dinosaurs…
    The little alligators are very cute, and of course I would never disturb them πŸ˜€

    • They sure are! I visited a ‘gator hole’ at the end of one of the boardwalks in Big Cypress Preserve and the baby gators were really small, not even a foot long. Photos were difficult to get so I’ll be going back there to try again. Cutie pies! 😊

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