Tag Archives: Reptile

Alligator Coming Up, Maybe Not

After the bigger fellow from my post Alligator Coming Up got settled I turned my head to watch an Egret and the little gator bailed off into the water. I watched him swim around the ramp and then he took at turn at climbing up.

Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp

He made a huge effort, flailing his front and back legs around.

Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp

I can do it!

Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp

Almost there, just need to get that back leg a little higher!

Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing Onto Ramp

And then he lost his grip.

Alligator Falling Off Ramp
Alligator Falling Off Ramp

Notice that the bigger Alligator never moved during all this action.

Alligator Falling Off Ramp
Alligator Falling Off Ramp

Down, down, down into the water he went.

Alligator Falling Off Ramp
Alligator Falling Off Ramp

Great Egret Over Pond and Reptiles

A few Great Egrets were swooping over the pond as they vied for mates or nesting spots in the nearby trees.

Great Egret Flying Over Alligators, Turtles Great Egret Flying Over Alligators, Turtles

Some were gathering sticks for their nests but they were easily distracted when another Great Egret invaded their space.

Great Egret Flying Over Turtle Great Egret Flying Over Turtle

Occasionally I’ve seen a large Alligator snap at a bird flying overhead without making contact, but these smallish Alligators and turtles ignored the aerial displays going on above them.

Great Egret Flying Over Alligators, Turtles Great Egret Flying Over Alligator and Turtles

Winter Lounging

Even though it is winter, with some nights down to and below freezing temperatures, many Alligators are still out and about during the day around the swamp.

Alligator and Turtles
Alligator and Turtles

Supposedly they don’t eat it when it is cold, their metabolism slowing in a process called brumation.

I still want to keep my distance.

Sleeping Alligator
Sleeping Alligator at side of walking trail

Camoflaged Turtles

Yellow-bellied Sliders were taking advantage of the sun on a recent walk around a pond, positioning themselves on anything sticking out of the water. They had traveled through duck weed and other pond vegetation to get to the coveted spots.

Yellow-bellied Slider
Yellow-bellied Slider

I don’t think the vegetation does a thing to protect the turtles. Alligators, the apex predator in this pond, follows his prey by motion and is himself camouflaged by the same pond covering.

Yellow-bellied Sliders
Yellow-bellied Sliders

The smallest turtle I saw added a leg extension to his pose, probably needing a little balance to stay on the pointed rock.

Yellow-bellied Slider
Yellow-bellied Slider

Lining the Banks

Wading birds and alligators gathered along this marsh inlet as the tide was going out.

Wading Birds and Alligators
Wading Birds and Alligators

The Snowy Egrets changed position frequently, they seem happiest when flapping around. The other egrets and herons tended to stick to their claimed spot, even as the alligators passed by.

Wading Birds Lining the Shore
Wading Birds Lining the Shore

Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron,  and White Ibis shared the banks.