Tag Archives: Reptile

Movement in the Water

The movement was subtle, especially for a 15 foot Alligator.  I’m guessing on the length–I could just say very long. This fellow was swimming quietly, but covering some distance.

Alligator Swimming Across Pond
Alligator Swimming Across Pond

He had places to go and wasn’t wasting any time getting there, swimming in a straight line from where I first spotted the movement towards an island where the Alligators often lounge at the edge of the water. And watch for wading birds to land or chicks to fall.

Alligator Swimming Across Pond
Alligator Swimming Across Pond

With the length of his back out of the water and a tree for reference you can see just how big

Alligator Swimming Across Pond
Alligator Swimming Across Pond

I didn’t see the second one until I was looking at the photos later. Tucked under the branches on the left, he didn’t move as the older and much larger beast went by.

Alligator Swimming Across Pond
Alligator Swimming Across Pond

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Reptile Day at the Swamp

There aren’t many wading birds around my favorite swamp right now but I still like to walk around it at least once a week and I always see something. Sunday it was reptiles. We have had some cold weather but Sunday was in the low 70s (about 21 degrees C) and turtles, lizards and alligators were out soaking up the sun.

Turtles were crawling out of the water. They often just move onto the bank of the swamp making it easy to retreat. This one was more ambitious and got a completely dry spot.

Turtle
Turtle

The Brown Anole did a nice job selecting his wooden perch for camouflage and full sun. When I passed he disappeared down a crack in the middle of this dead stump.

Brown Anole
Brown Anole

The Alligators care little about being seen. Usually they can sink and swim many feet away in seconds if they feel the need to escape. The dead tree limbs this one was in between might have slowed him down if a real predator was after him. He was content with this spot; he hadn’t moved when I returned by him twenty minutes later.

Alligator
Alligator

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A Better View

Upside down to us, but an easy position for the Anole. I didn’t realize what a long tail this one had until I was developing these photos.

Anole
Anole  – click on photo for larger view

Agile bug catchers, I suspect he was waiting for lunch to fly by.

Anole
Anole  just hanging out – click on photo for larger view

Going, Going, Gone

There was no sun were this young Alligator waited at the side of a pond so he readily slid into the water when some humans came his way.

Alligator at Edge of Pond

Zip, down the bank he went…

Alligator at Edge of Pond

plowing over the top of whatever was in front of him. I wonder how their eyes work?

Alligator at Edge of Pond
Alligator at Edge of Pond

Alligators don’t give a moment’s thought to what might be below the duck weed, they just go.

Turtles Extreme Posing

On Sunday I posted photos of turtles posing on an Alligator ramp and logs to sun themselves out of the water. Yesterday in the same spot an Alligator was using a turtle as a head rest and more turtles were clambering to join the group.

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Further along in a different pond a similar activity was taking place with a much larger Alligator, only this time the turtles were on top.

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Do they have no suspicion that they might be lunch?

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We returned by this spot about an hour and a half later to find the Alligator had changed position but at least one free-loader was still in place.

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The nature guide at Magnolia Garden identifies these turtles as Yellow-bellied Sliders.

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Turtles Posing

Singly or in groups, the turtles around the swamp like to climb onto about anything that protrudes out of the water on nice days.

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This one came up through the duckweed leaving a shiny green coat.

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They seem oblivious to the activity going on in the water around them, be it another turtle or an alligator.

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This alligator platform was fair game for the turtles while it was in the shade. As the sun comes around they will likely get pushed off.

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Audubon Swamp, January 2017.