American Alligator Gallery

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With young and old alike, one of the most popular wildlife sightings everyone wants to see while visiting the swamps and preserves in south Florida is the American Alligator in its natural habitat.

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It is easy down here to find American Alligators in their one million+ acres of raw, natural habitat.  They roam where they want to roam.  They lay where they want to lay.  Even if it is alongside the road.

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American Alligator snoozing alongside the road
(black at bottom of photo is my car window/door)

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I’ve enjoyed trying to capture them in a beautiful setting, reflections a bonus.

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I kept saying quietly, “Faster, egret, walk faster!”  The alligator wasn’t fazed.

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While photographing this next alligator eyeing me…..

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It suddenly did a hard and fast submersion, instead of the usual slow sink.

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Fast submersion
(see the eye and teeth through the water splash and reflections?)

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After disappearing in the swamp, the alligator finally reappeared further away and in thick growth, with just its head up and peeking.

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Most of the photos above were cropped, some considerably.  Please know I was not anywhere near any of these alligators.

Alligators are definitely fascinating.  You’re looking back in time at a prehistoric creature.

Alligators are also very dangerous.  They will take what they want.  My next post will show a short series of an alligator taking a turtle.  A warning will be posted, in case you’d prefer to not see, which I can respect.

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27 thoughts on “American Alligator Gallery

  1. Apex predators naturally strike fear into my heart! I looked up human/alligator attacks and there have been 24 fatalities in FL since 1973, so dogs have killed more people in that amount of time, interesting to put it in perspective. I like this – what to do if attacked: “if you’re attacked by an alligator, run away. If it’s too late, fight back, don’t try to pry open its jaws. Attack the sensitive snout, and gouge the eyes, and definitely do not play dead. But perhaps most important, stay out of their territory.” Good advice!

    • Thanks for sharing that interesting info, Eliza! The locals down here say, “alligators don’t eat people, they eat stupid people”. I’ve heard ‘hit the snout’ too and if you’re running away, do no run in a straight line. The alligator’s running burst is a straight lunge, they can not turn easily. Best advice for sure, is stay out of their way and territory for sure!

  2. I love the Alligators as they smile all the time. 😀 And their freedom to roam in the Everglades. 👍🏻 But I fear for the turtle. 🐢 😦 Wonderful post, Donna❗️

  3. Ah, the life of an apex predator! Spectacular photos, Donna! I’m so glad you weren’t as close to them as it seemed. I love the one with just the eye and the tip of its snout above the water. Chilling! The hard and fast submersion must have been startling, too. I’ve only seen an alligator in the wild once and it never moved. If it had, I might have jumped out of my skin! Glad you had the presence of mind to get a few pictures of it doing that.

  4. Great collection, Donna! They are fascinating to watch, and think about how they’ve survived for millenia. They are so foreign to most folks that when we are out and about we are often asked “have you seen any alligators?”

  5. Fabulous pictures Donna! But my very favorite is the black and white with the beautiful reflections. Thank you so much for sharing. I am really really feeling ‘cabin fever’ after a year at home and your pictures are a wonderful pleasure, but remind me of how much I want to get out and travel again.

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