#WildlifeWednesday – Alligators Can Be Fun, Too. Sort Of.

Hi, Folks! Just a fun post today, to get #WildlifeWednesday underway. I’m sure I’ll have something more informative about our alligators and crocodiles in the future (like how to tell them apart), but for today, decided to rerun a post I did for the St. Johns River Eco Tours a few years ago, just to give you a laugh. (Or a shiver.) Enjoy. (Or take a second look around at where you live, and be happy it will likely never be an issue for you. πŸ˜€ )

File This Under
ONLY IN FLORIDA
(Mostly)

The Ol’ Swimmin’ Hole, Florida StyleΒ 

Yes, I know American alligators range much farther north/northwest than Florida, but something tells me, gators are a bit more commonplace down here, as the followingΒ  photos might suggest. Especially if you live on waterfront property in the south part of the state. Enjoy!

You’d probably expect to see alligators like this
when you visit the Sunshine State.

Or even like this, just hangin’ out on the river.
(Photo by Doug Little)

But maybe not so much like this!
(Speed Bumps. We do them differently here. )
If you live in Florida, you have to be prepared
for the unexpected traffic hazard.
Hint: I’d drive around this one, if I were you.Β 


I’d also swing wide around this mama and her babies, or as we call ’em,
Florida ducklings.

Honestly, you might want to give up golf for another sport, too.
After all, one hardly ever sees gators on a basketball court.

Mostly, I’d advise yielding the right of way to alligators pretty much all the time.

Like Here . . .

And definitely here . . .

And even HERE.
(Yes, I know it’s your driveway, but do you really want to argue with him?)

Just be very careful when the doorbell rings!

“Ding-dong. Avon calling. Honest.”

“Open the door, I said!”

“Be that way, then. I’ll just wait right here, shall I? You’ve got to
open the door some time.”

“In the meantime, don’t think any other salespeople areΒ getting by me!”


“Wait! What if I go around back? There’s got to be another way in.”

“Rats. This isn’t working. Guess I’ll just try the neighbors.”

“Well, heck. Neighbors didn’t answer the door, either.Β 
Might as well head back to the pond to see if anyone else has a better idea.”

As it turns out, they did!
πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Okay, folks. That’s about as much silliness as any of us needs for one afternoon. I’ll be back soon with another #WildlifeWednesday, probably of a less frivolous nature. Hope you’ll tune in then!Β 


NOTE: This post was originally done for my good friend and eco-tour boat owner, Doug Little, and appeared on his St. Johns River Eco Tours site. Hope you’ll stop by and check out what’s happening on the river:Β  St. Johns River Eco Tours

41 thoughts on “#WildlifeWednesday – Alligators Can Be Fun, Too. Sort Of.

    • Hey, I wasn’t TOO worried about those spiders. 55-gallon drum of RAID, remember? πŸ˜€ And baby alligators are adorable! They are yellow and black striped, and just so cute, you wanna HUG them. (Okay. Not quite that cute, even for me. But still. Cute!)

      Thanks for stopping by today, Jess, and I hope you enjoyed these somewhat shocking photos. You have to wonder why so darn many people keep moving here, doncha? πŸ˜€

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        • And here’s me, wishing for cooler weather every day until fall arrives. (This year, fall will be on November 12.) Then I wait for winter. (Which arrives and departs on January 5.) And then summer resumes for the rest of the year. πŸ˜€

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            • Ah, well. I guess no place is perfect, so we have to adjust. I am hoping cool weather lasts a while this year, though I hope we don’t have a freeze. When plants get frozen in Florida, they generally don’t come back. 😦 But winter is an excellent time for gardening, here. Much easier to work that hard when a 100+ plus sun isn’t baking your brains. I pretty much love Florida winters best of all. πŸ˜€

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    • Yeah, me either. One more reason why I don’t mind not having waterfront property. I prefer my doorbell ringers to be standing on TWO legs. πŸ˜€

      Thanks for stopping by, Cathy! Always great to see you! πŸ™‚ And stay tuned for more #WildlifeWednesday, mostly focused on animals in the OWN habitat, rather than ours, which of course, USED to be theirs, too! πŸ˜€

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  1. Thanks for my morning run, which I hadn’t planned on. Nor the screaming! Ha ha haaaaaaaa …. okay, I’ll try and rain in the hysteria. I COULD. NOT. LIVE. THERE. Yikes! Great fun with the puns, though. They almost made up for the spilled coffee and trauma. That guy on the walkway looks a tad sared, lols.

    Fun post, Marcia. Not sure I’m quite ready to say, ‘thanks for sharing’!
    Hugs xx πŸ™‚

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    • If it helps, this is NOT as common as I’ve made it look. Photos of this type usually make the papers or at least the 6:00 news. They happen. But certainly not every day, even for those who live on lakes. Having said that, there is a reason I never swim in any body of water that isn’t enclosed in turquoise concrete. Almost all of them have a few alligators cruising around, and I’m just not interested in looking appetizing. 😯

      Thanks for stopping by today, Harmony, and I hope you’ll give this new feature another try. I promise it won’t always be gasp-inducing! πŸ˜€

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  2. Funny, but not so much if I saw it myself. I’ve only visited Florida once for a conference and I didn’t have much of a chance to visit, but will take note of your advice (in Louisiana we saw some, although not quite as close and personal). Thanks, Marcia!

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    • Most do not ever see any quite this up and personal, Olga, I promise. But they live in pretty much every body of fresh water in the state, from lakes to rivers, retention ponds, and even drainage ditches. They mostly do NOT impersonate the Avon Lady, thankfully, and these photos are rare enough to make the news when one does. Still, I thought it would be an eye-popping (and funny …ish) way to start off #WildlifeWednesday.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, and hope you’ll check back often. I’ve got lots of things to share, and most are beautiful or interesting in other ways, though I will be back with some stuff about our alligators and crocodiles, too. The lead interesting lives that mostly don’t involve doorbell ringing. πŸ˜€

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    • Mostly, they stick to climbing onto logs or partway up a tree trunk if they are trying to catch their dinner. Why they would climb up a door is a mystery to me, though I SUSPECT someone at the location has been feeding them at the pond, something you are NEVER supposed to do. Once an alligator considers you a food source, trouble starts. (Like maybe they track you back across the street to your door wondering where breakfast is.)

      These photos are unusual enough to make the evening news, though, as it is NOT typical behavior. Now climbing over a chain link fence to get to your swimming pool? That happens a bit more often. But mostly, they stay in their own surroundings and wait for you to come to them. 😯 😯 😯

      Thanks for stopping by today, Jaye! Lovely to see you, and I’ll be checking out your most recent post soon. I’ve heard there’s some good news within!! ❀ ❀ ❀

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  3. Family members have taken pictures of alligators on the golf course (one of the many reasons I don’t golf). I get it; it’s outside in nature and everything. But if I ever saw one climbing up my door? Sorry. No. That’s where I draw the line… from inside my house, of course.

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    • Yeah, you and me, both, Staci. Even with my love of nature (and those other reptiles you don’t much care for) I would NOT want to peek through my door windows and see one of these looking back at me. I have some theories on why they might do that, but rest assured, it isn’t common behavior, even for Florida. Mostly they stay in their lake, pond, river, retention pond, or drainage ditch, and wait for YOU to come to them. Gleeep!! (And btw, I’ll give you a heads up when I post about those things I know you hate, so you can skip stopping by. Plus, you’ll probably be able to tell from the subject line.)

      Thanks for stopping by today, though, and I hope you’ll (mostly) enjoy #WildlifeWednesday. I’ve got some beautiful and interesting critters to share. πŸ™‚

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    • Oh, Steve would have grabbed them by the tail, yanked them away from the door, wrestled them to a standstill, then kissed them on their noses. And THEN relocated them somewhere safe. For THEM. Hahahahaha. (I dearly loved watching that big ol’ ham at work. And for all his shenanigans, he did a lot of good for wildlife of all sorts!)

      Not being a sports fan, I’d rather be watching these gators, myself, but only from a safe spot in my canoe, or these days, from a comfy seat aboard the Naiad, my friend’s eco-tour boat. Yeah, that’s the ticket! πŸ˜€

      Thanks for stopping by, Jeanne, and hope you’ll enjoy future episodes of #WildlifeWednesday! πŸ™‚

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    • That one is actually a fairly common site during breeding season. If the gator has nested along a public road, you can see her herding her hatchlings from pond to pond, at times. Mostly, though, they are in less visible spots. And baby alligators are absolutely adorable. (Just ask Billy Truitt in Swamp Ghosts. πŸ˜€ )

      Thanks for stopping by today, Craig, and hope you enjoyed it. I hope you’ll enjoy this feature, and plan to cover a wide variety of critters and habitats. πŸ™‚

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    • Yeah, it would be pretty shocking, all right. But honestly, it isn’t a common thing, and photos like this make the evening news when they occur. Mostly those alligators stay in their ponds, lakes, rivers, retention ponds, and drainage ditches, waiting for YOU to come to THEM. 😯 πŸ˜€

      And I LOVED that meme at the end. Saved it a long time ago, and it still makes me laugh.

      Thanks so much for stopping by today, Teri, and I hope you’ll enjoy #WildlifeWednesdays. Got lots of ideas for entertaining but informative posts coming up. πŸ™‚

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  4. That was so much fun! And also freaking scary. I have relatives in Florida. Fortunately, I never ran into any alligators while visiting them, Yikes!
    I do think the Florida ducklings are pretty darn cute. Kind of like the baby dinosaurs in Jurassic Park πŸ™‚
    I think the worst I have to worry about around my house are snakes (which I don’t mind) and invasive insects. I can’t imagine opening the front door to an alligator!
    Great post, Marcia!

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    • I’ve lived in Florida almost all my life, and I can honestly say no alligator ever tried to get into my house. πŸ˜€ Nor have I ever seen one in my yard. Thankfully. These kinds of photos make the news, even down here, where the gators are generally inclined to hang out in their rivers, ponds, lakes, or drainage ditches and wait for YOU to come to THEM. πŸ˜€ But I thought the pictures were funny/shocking enough to make an interesting intro post to this new series.

      I promise when you come visit me someday, the only ones you’ll see will be from the safety of the eco-tour boat! Probably. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      Thanks for stopping by today! πŸ™‚

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    • I like alligators just fine. Where they BELONG. Which is not in my yard or ringing my doorbell. πŸ˜€ I see them frequently on drives into more rural areas, but have somehow managed not to have any come calling on me in my entire 76 years. πŸ˜€ Hope that never happens to you, either. I can’t imagine the shock of looking out the door and being greeted by one. Gleeep.

      Thanks for stopping by today, Joan! πŸ™‚ Have a nice, gator-free rest of the week. πŸ˜€

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    • I think that sounds like a good plan. For you, anyway. But that last part, I’m not so sure about. I’d prefer not keeping gators of any sort, myself. I’ll go visit them on the river, but they are one of the few things that would NOT be welcome in my yard. πŸ˜€ Happily, moments like the ones above happen so infrequently, they nearly always make the news. πŸ˜€

      Thanks for stopping by today, Robbie! πŸ™‚

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    • Some of those pictures are just unbelievable, aren’t they, Trish? I promise in 76 years, I’ve never had an alligator ring my doorbell or peek in my windows! πŸ˜€ Never had one stroll across my yard, either, though I have seen them walking from pond to pond from time to time, and crossing roads. And baby gators are always cute, especially when they are scrambling to follow Mama.

      Glad you got a smile out of these today. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know! πŸ™‚

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