Friday, December 26, 2008

Nothing sunbathes like a gator…

I see this little guy often on my walks. He has however been scarce for that last few weeks. I did catch him out today trying to stay warm. The tempeture is in the mid 70’s today so the sunshine was mighty inviting to a little alligator.

This one is about 3 feet long and is quick to run for water if you get too close. I was able to get this shot off before he too off. He lives in a retention pond adjactent to a building. The water is super clear and it's fun to watch him when he thinks he is hiding just under the surface.


Did you know:

The average size for an adult female American alligator is 8.2 feet (2.6 m), and the average size for a male is 11.2 feet (3.4 m). Exceptionally large males can reach a weight of nearly half a ton or 1,000 pounds.

Both males and females have an "armored" body with a muscular flat tail. The skin on the back is armored with embedded bony plates called osteoderms or scutes. They have four short legs; the front legs have five toes while the back legs have four toes.

Alligators have a long snout with upward facing nostrils at the end; this lets them breathe while the rest of the body is underwater. The young can be distinguished from adults by the bright yellow stripes on the tail; adults have dark stripes on the tail.




Did you know research from Smithsonian National Zoological Park.



Thanks for stopping by,
Craig

1 comment:

Leedra said...

At Lake Seminole there are signs everywhere to beware of the Gators, but have never seen one. Thought I did as we pulled up the last time we were there. Ended out to be a man laying in the grass real close to the pond, doing exercises. Everybody got a great laugh at my expense. There has to be some there for there to be so many signs. Great that you were able to capture this one.