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American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis


This is a young alligator who was taking advantage of a warm, sunny day to bask in the sun at the bottom of a boat ramp. Nesting takes place in June with a 9-week incubation period. This young gator is 6-7 months old.


Seen at Grassy Waters Preserve....a wetland preservation area.

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Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 11 years ago

Very nice series... Is this the fresh water crocodile ? alligator ? Is it danger to swim with it ? I herd in Australia, we be able to swim with fresh water crocodile / alligator.

ElaineWebb 11 years ago

S Frazier: I dropped a mission and picked up this one; I have quite a few spottings that I think fit this mission well. JenniferRoge: the closeup IS cute but, trust me!, I didn't get all that close....the zoom lens caught the shot! EnvUnlimited: the young alligator is added to the mission.

JenniferRoge 11 years ago

The close up is so cute

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Hello. Nice spotting!

I think there is a physical limit of 5 missions for a spotting. A more direct EOL link is for this species. You could replace that :-)

ElaineWebb 11 years ago

EnvUnlimited....I would love to add this to the Animal Young of Florida but I already have 5 missions....can I add another?

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West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 6, 2013
Submitted on May 1, 2013

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