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.  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.  😉

 

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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

 

 

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