Category Archives: Reptiles

Juvenile Alligator Blending In

The stripes on a young Alligator provide camouflage in a variety of environments, and this youngster in the dark water littered with dried pine needles blended right in.

Juvenile Alligator Swimming
Juvenile Alligator Swimming, About 18 inches, 45 centimeters, long

Working against him, and how I knew he was there before I saw movement, is that the little ones tend to chirp. I didn’t see mama, but I’m sure she wasn’t far off.

Juvenile Alligator Swimming
Juvenile Alligator Swimming

I had startled a Great Blue Heron on this bank as I approached. I’m sure the bird was keenly tuned into this being a possible lunch.

Juvenile Alligator Swimming
Juvenile Alligator Swimming

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 14, 2021

Make Way: Alligator Coming Through

I was watching a Little Blue Heron wander along the side of a pond when another movement caught my eye.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

An Alligator climbed up out of the pond and plopped down in the middle of the path.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

The heron just didn’t know what to make of it.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

Back and forth he paced while the Alligator basked in the late afternoon sun.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

Finally, he’s leaving!

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

Where’d he go?

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

The Little Blue Heron wasted no time following the Alligator down the bank into the marsh.

Pretty On Pink

A recently hatched Carolina Anole spent some time watching the world from a Mandevilla plant on my patio a few days ago.

Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom
Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom

You might wonder how he got in there, I sure did. He didn’t weigh much but these petals are quite delicate.

Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom
Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom

I suspect he climbed out the stem then jumped/fell into the center. A wider view shows how tiny the Anole was. The blossom was about four inches (10 cm) across.

Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom
Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom

Credit to Ted for spotting this little fellow.

Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom
Carolina Anole in Mandevilla Blossom

Alligator Getting Attention

A profiling Alligator caught my attention as I passed by.  I couldn’t hear any growling or other noise, but kept my eye on him. He might have been eating something or just showing off.

Alligator Profiling
Alligator Profiling

The action was all over in a few seconds, and that was the end of the excitement.

Two Alligators in Pond
Two Alligators in Pond, Ashley River in Background

At least from my viewpoint. It’s hard to know what, if anything, either Alligator was thinking.

Alligator in Pond
Alligator in Pond

Alligator Morning

Alligators were on the move early on this morning despite the morning heat. This water is a canal around an old rice field that sits at the edge of the South Santee River.

Alligator
Alligator

I intended to walk the dike but it wasn’t mowed so that was a non-starter with the tall grass harboring a gazillion mosquitoes and likely a few more Alligators. I plan to go back later in the fall or winter for another look.

Alligators in Canal
Alligators in Canal

Rice Field, Santee Coastal Reserve, SC
August 26, 2021