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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Don't Eat Me


Everglades, Florida


While stalking this alligator near camp

I almost stepped on this guy.  
Usually brightly colored insects mean they are toxic thus a warning not to be eaten.  
He surely is a pretty fellow.

Nearby this flower.

Okay, like I needed to be told.

Then there was another alligator with these notches on the tail.  I was wondering if they are intentional markings done by the Wildlife Service in order to identify separate individuals.

At any rate, I guess I got too close and he lept into the water with the suddenness of a broken shoe lace.  Yep, the thundering splash scared me.  Notice the bubbles where he landed in the water.  
I guess I was guilty of harassing the alligators.



10 comments:

  1. It is amazing you had such a close look at them. I still think they are a bit scary they can move so unexpected quickly. But you survived without harm fortunately.

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  2. just darn spooky critters! and their speed would give me a TON of respect for them!

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  3. Wonder if the notch was caused by a propeller of a boat engine.

    Nice flower and scenery.

    Peace :)

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  4. Boy, that'd piss me off to get bit by an alligator. Ain't nobody got time for that!

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  5. They do move quickly when they get it in their mind to jump. Great shots, John, as usual.

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  6. A wonderful post John... and somewhere I have actually visited in the States.

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  7. I hope you weren't too close.

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