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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 9 years ago

Great action.

Ursula 9 years ago

beautiful picture!

JenniferRoge 9 years ago


AshleyT 9 years ago

Congrats Kristian :)

duttagupta35504 9 years ago

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

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Nice shot Kristian and great notes :-) Congrats.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wonderful shot Congratulations

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Fantastic picture! Congrats!

Telse 9 years ago

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

Congratulations Kristian Bell on this SOTD!

ScottHarte 9 years ago

as always great shot Kris

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 9 years ago

Awesome sighting! Great shot! Congratulations Kristian!

mendes.madalena 9 years ago

so cool!

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Congratulations Kristian. Fantastic capture & giggle :)

suzmonk 9 years ago

Congratulations! Love your sense of humor ...

cbet-camper1 9 years ago

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

Congratulations on the SOTD, well deserved, Kristian Bell

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

Congratulations !

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Congrats Kristian!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago


vivianpoma 9 years ago

awesome shot !

outsidegirl0 9 years ago

wow nice shot!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Congratulations !
wonderful snap,

TylerGraden 9 years ago

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

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 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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