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American Alligator

Alligator mississipiensis


Individual was basking next to a nature trail. Sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator or common alligator, is a large crocodilian reptile endemic to the southeastern United States. It is one of two living species in the genus Alligator within the family Alligatoridae; it is larger than the other extant alligator species, the Chinese alligator. Adult male American alligators measure up to 3.4 to 4.6 m in length, and can weigh up to 453 kg. Females are smaller, measuring around 3 m.


Anhinga Trail at Everglades NAtional Park, Florida

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Alex Salcedo
Alex Salcedo 6 years ago

Thanks Neil Ross, Jim Nelson and SukanyaDatta. Anhinga Trail is one of those places were gators basically just bask and do not get bothered by passerby's

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

His dentist would approve! Great shot. I was simply stunned.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 6 years ago

Looks like you were giving it some picked the perfect time to capture this one.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Great spotting, Alex. Nice teeth, lovely smile - he looks so trustworthy.

Alex Salcedo
Alex Salcedo 6 years ago

Thanks Desmond.E.S.O. Best regards

Desmond.E.S.O 6 years ago

Great Photography Alex!

Alex Salcedo
Alex Salcedo 6 years ago

James, you are right and thanks for your kind words

James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

I think the frond adds to the depth of the shot! Great work!

Alex Salcedo
Alex Salcedo 6 years ago

Thanks Hema Shah. James McNair, I was so tempted to pull that frond to improve the shot LOL!

James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

Say aahhh!

Hema 6 years ago


Alex Salcedo
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Alex Salcedo

Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 9, 2014
Submitted on Mar 19, 2015


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