Category Archives: Reptiles

Alligator Nursery

These images were taken in the same tidal inlet as my post All Stacked Up, Alligator Mother and Young.

Juvenile Alligator With Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligatora With Swamp Sunflowers

It is probably the same family as mother Alligators are very territorial.

Juvenile Alligator with Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligator with Swamp Sunflowers

The tide was in and the juvenile Alligators were having some swim practice.

Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers

I didn’t see mamma, but you can be sure she wasn’t far off as the youngsters explored.

Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers

This last fellow was working on his “just floating” pose.

Juvenile Alligator
Juvenile Alligator

Spoonie Tree with Roseate Spoonbills, and More

This tree is affectionately known as the “Spoonbill Tree” by the many photographers that frequent this location.

Alligators and Spoonbills
Alligator in water, Alligator under the Tree, and Roseate Spoonbills

Some days when I stop by there is lots of activity and this day in September was one of them.

Alligators and Spoonbills
Spoonbills Sleeping in the Spoonie Tree

A close look at the exposed roots and the leafless branches tell a story of a tree that is closer to the end of its life than the beginning.

Alligators and Spoonbills
Alligators and Spoonbills

I will not be surprised at any time to discover it has fallen over. In the mean time it is well used as a bird perch.

Great Egret and Spoonbills
Great Egret and Spoonbills

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
Green Pond, SC
September 20, 2020

All Stacked Up, Alligator Mother and Young

A mother Alligator will stay around her young for two to three years; the juveniles are on their own to eat but she will ward off predators. They often can be seen piled on each other, probably to control temperature and some sense of protection when they are very young.

Alligator Family
Alligator Family

They all appeared to be ignoring us but you can see the “king of the hill” opened his eyes between my first and second shots.

Alligator Mother and Young
Alligator Mother and Young

You can easily pick out five juveniles above, there were three or four down by momma’s tail, and I’m sure more we couldn’t see in the grass.

Alligator Mother and Young
Alligator Mother and Young

Just based on my observations I’d say these are around six months old.

Backyard Carolina Anole on Caladium

With more time spent at home this summer Carolina Anoles have continued to entertain me on our patio.

Carolina Anole on Caladium
Carolina Anole on Caladium

This is the first year I’ve tried Caladium. It’s holding up to the heat and makes a great perch for the Anoles as they search for bugs.

Carolina Anole on Caladium
Carolina Anole on Caladium

The colors of the lizard and the leaves were incredibly vivid; here’s a B&W version.

Carolina Anole on Caladium
Carolina Anole on Caladium

Leaving a Trail

I heard this young Alligator chirping at the edge of a duckweed covered pond. I’ve seen juveniles in this area off and on over the summer and suspect they are now around six months old and about 2 feet (60 cm) long.

Young Alligator in Weeds
Young Alligator in Weeds

From there he headed out into the pond, using his full body and tail to propel forward. I didn’t hear any more chirping and didn’t see any siblings. Or mama.

Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

Then he made a 90 degree turn.

Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

Finally he straightened out and headed for the other side of the pond, leaving a squiggly trail in the thick duckweed behind him.

Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed