Tag Archives: Alligator

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

Between the Knees

From the still wet duckweed you could tell this young Alligator had recently climbed out of the pond.

Young Alligator, Duckweed
Young Alligator, Duckweed

I hadn’t spotted him until I was right up to him. I backed up to get a view of him threaded through the Cypress Knees.

Young Alligator, Cypress Knees, Duckweed
Young Alligator, Cypress Knees, Duckweed

And back a little more to capture the whole pond-side scene.

Young Alligator, Cypress Knees, Duckweed
Young Alligator, Cypress Knees, Duckweed

A Small Drama, Alligator

I had been watching this Alligator as he floated in the water with his full back sticking up. Usually just see the head is out of the water unless they are actively using their tail to swim. He was staying in place.

Alligator
Alligator

I suspected he might be profiling, basically showing off, to either impress a female or warn off other males. And wham, he smacked the water with his head.

Alligator
Alligator

Expecting more, I waited, but that was it. There are dozens of large Alligators in this immediate area and evidently they were not impressed.

Alligator
Alligator

Patrolling the Pond

Alligators take casual swims around this pond, often looking for a sunny spot to get out of the water. After some heavy rains they have less places to choose.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond

I liked the mottled reflections of the trees in the pond, dissected by the passing Alligator.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond

Lines and more lines of an Alligator, a dead branch, lots of vegetation and all of their reflections.

Alligator Patrolling Pond
Alligator Patrolling Pond