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American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis


This monster of the swamps came charging at me with blood on its mind, and quickly ran me down, Biting with full force I wondered whether this might be the end, but reassured myself with the fact that death was unlikely from a 7-inch long lizard biting my shoe. This baby cant have been older than a week and was hanging out with 5 other siblings, though no sign of the mum. Apparently, like with humans, some mother gators are responsible and guard their babies ferociously, while others couldn't care less. This baby's mother apparently belonged to the latter school of mothering.


Agricultural drainage canals.

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38 Comments (1–25)

kdpicturemaker 10 years ago

Great action.

Ursula 10 years ago

beautiful picture!

JenniferRoge 11 years ago


AshleyT 11 years ago

Congrats Kristian :)

duttagupta35504 11 years ago

He's like, I'm going on a walk, (cue cheerful music).

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Nice shot Kristian and great notes :-) Congrats.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Wonderful shot Congratulations

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

Fantastic picture! Congrats!

Telse 11 years ago

Sweet! Congratuations on SOTD. Glad you survived this vicious attack. lol.

Congratulations Kristian Bell on this SOTD!

ScottHarte 11 years ago

as always great shot Kris

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 11 years ago

Awesome sighting! Great shot! Congratulations Kristian!

mendes.madalena 11 years ago

so cool!

LeanneGardner 11 years ago

Congratulations Kristian. Fantastic capture & giggle :)

suzmonk 11 years ago

Congratulations! Love your sense of humor ...

cbet-camper1 11 years ago

How did you get a picture with out the parent attacking you?

Congratulations on the SOTD, well deserved, Kristian Bell

NuwanChathuranga 11 years ago

Congratulations !

LuisStevens 11 years ago

Congrats Kristian!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 11 years ago


vivianpoma 11 years ago

awesome shot !

outsidegirl0 11 years ago

wow nice shot!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

Congratulations !
wonderful snap,

TylerGraden 11 years ago

Awesome shot, and great story - I'm amazed that you lived to tell the tale.. lol.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 11 years ago

An excellent spotting and photo, Kristian. The story is brilliant... and riveting. I've had my own 'close encounter' with a crocodile in Kenya, although it was closer to 7 foot and a bit of a pulse-raiser, and have also seen their handiwork in PNG. It surprised me to see that the hatchlings, though they're small, are so naturally aggressive and lightning fast. Gators are no different; just pure instinct. I checked out your website too. Beautiful portfolio. Love your work - uplifting and very inspirational.

Kristian Bell
Spotted by
Kristian Bell

Florida, USA

Spotted on Jul 8, 2013
Submitted on Jul 8, 2013

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