#NotesFromTheRiver – Only In Florida: Alligators Part 2

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Time for this week’s #NotesFromTheRiver. Continuing with my series on alligators, today, I thought I’d share some photos that only make sense to those of us who call the Sunshine State home. Hope you get a smile or two from these!

#NotesFromTheRiver – Only in Florida: Alligators Part 2

23 thoughts on “#NotesFromTheRiver – Only In Florida: Alligators Part 2

  1. Those were brilliant, Marcia. Thanks so much for giving me a smile before I head for bed. I’ve seen mother ducks taking their ducklings down to the river in Scotland but we’re never likely to see an alligator. I think I’m grateful for that.

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    • Really glad you enjoyed them, Mary. Sometimes, living in Florida is a bit . . . surreal. πŸ˜€ I will say that over my lifetime, I’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of alligators (no exaggeration), but I’ve never seen one on my front porch. Or anyone else’s. But for some reason, there are quite a few pictures like that around, so I know it does happen. Now I’ve seen them climb 5′ chain link fences. But if I opened my front door and found one waiting for me, I must admit, I’d be shocked. 😯 And screaming. Loud. πŸ˜‰

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    • I don’t blame you. I’m from right here where this kinda stuff happens, and I’ve been canoeing around alligators all my life, and believe me, I’d faint, too. So far, none of them has ever rung my doorbell, though, so in spite of finding a surprising number of similar pictures, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t happen very often. πŸ™‚ You can visit us in (relative) safety! πŸ˜€

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    • Hahahaha. I can pretty much guarantee that your someday visit won’t be marred by an alligator climbing up your front door. I honestly have no idea what these gators thought they were after, and I can also guess that these are homes in waterfront communities. Gators mostly stay close to their lakes and rivers. But, as I mentioned to someone else, I’ve seen hundreds upon hundreds of alligators over my many years, and I’ve never seen one do any of these things. Obviously, they DO, from time to time, as the photos indicate, but it sure as heck isn’t something you see daily, weekly, monthly, or even yearly.

      The best way to avoid physical contact with alligators is simple: Don’t go swimming in their rivers or lakes. See? Easy. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    • Honestly, Deb, these types of alligator activities are so rare, they make the news, hence the photos. Well, the crossing the street ones aren’t, but in all my years and all the hundreds and hundreds of wild alligators I’ve seen, I’ve never, EVER seen one climbing up the side of a house. Even in Florida, that’s pretty bizarre. 😯

      Luckily for me, I always look out the window before opening the door. And if one shows up to try to sell me cosmetics, I’m going to rap it sharply across the snout with a stout stick, and banish it, forthwith! (Actually, I’d call animal control to send out someone that knows how to remove nuisance animals properly. A gator wrangler!) πŸ˜€ I love my reptiles, but if they show up on my porch, they’ve crossed over to the Dark Side, and must be dealt with by the experts. πŸ˜‰

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    • Honestly, a kajillion folks live down here now, and most never run into an alligator, though they will certainly see them swimming in lakes and rivers. Just follow my rule of thumb, and you’ll be safe: Never swim in any body of water that isn’t enclosed in turquoise concrete. πŸ˜€ (I’m more worried about sharks than alligators, but I don’t want to swim with either of them.) πŸ˜‰

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