Respect them?? YOU BET! Free Choice!

“Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.” Rene Dubois

One must respect the reptilian people among us. They love keeping the AC down to a minimum of 70F, and if the choice was theirs it would be consistently set at 65 or 18 degrees Celsius. They may be a menopausal woman and these shape shifters are usually in a position of authority hence they and can malign you for life.  DANG!  Do you know anyone like this?  Let’s observe nature’s way of dealing with this species. : )

When you come right down to it, if they have teeth, lived longer on this earth then you, evolved and survived even the ice age, that alone musters respect! Thanks to conservation alligators are thriving in America today, a rare success story indeed. State and federal protections, habitat preservation efforts and reduced demand for alligator products have improved the species wild population to more than one million and growing today. Below is a picture of a female alligator who is protecting her brood. Yes they are great parents!  As big and ferocious as the female alligator may look, she is a gentle mother. She makes a nest on shore, where she lays her eggs then she guards her eggs until they’re ready to hatch. At that point the babies start to make noises, and their mother hears her little ones’ peep as they break out of the eggs. She gently carries them—in her mouth—to the water nearby.  Fascinated to learn the sex of the young is determined by the temperature at which the eggs incubate during development!  The picture above reveals three baby gators in and about mama gator, can you see them?

Incubation temperatures below 86F from days seven to 21 after laying results in all female alligators while above 93F causes all the young to be males. Temperatures between these two result in batches of both genders. After 21 days, temperature fluctuations do not alter the gender of the hatchlings that will emerge.


Newly hatched young are only about six to eight inches long, and very vulnerable. Their mother protects them from predators, which include raccoon’s, bobcats, birds, and even other alligators The young alligators stay with their mother for up to two years. After that, they’re able to fend for themselves. Isn’t that amazing? Haven’t recognized other species doing this for their young, they are left on their own right after a fledge with birds and 6 to 9 weeks with mammals.  Yes we have great respect of these huge reptiles  roaming among us and nature respects them too. After all how many moms do you know hang around 2 years to see them into safety??  You can see nature looking at me the same way I think I look at nature; curiously, respectively and a joint venture indeed.

"Let's go surfing mom"

“Let’s go surfing mom”

As I crept around and among the reeds to spy these huge creatures had one come out with all this foliage around his head! They certainly know how to hunt, lurking and hiding quietly among us,  they thrust forward when they feel the need to munch and crunch! bigThey know how to hide quite well and can stand on their hind legs if they have to.  One actually did just this, stood up and thrust sideways, it was a suddenly, a rush to capture and the expression priceless. my gator a smilin Yes we respect and keep our distance from these amazing creatures.  Thinking now respect doesn’t have any noise attached to it.  Respect makes it’s own splash and you usually hear about it ; after the fact. splash1It’s their choice to rise up, lunge and chomp. It’s my choice to stay on the boardwalk and respectfully take pictures. Yup, learned from nature, to keep a safe distance from these beasts and they have too!

Adorable Racoon

Adorable Racoon keeping his distance from the shore laden with GATORS!

About Brenda

"Brenda adores the birds. She is enchanted with their grace, their beauty. It was the birds and being out among them that gave her the peace she so needed and forged a new passion She uses a camera to capture those incredible moments, to savor them and share them with others. For her the camera was freedom. Brenda spent her life healing others, and dealing with incredible pain and despair. The world of birds and nature and photography was what she turned to in order to see the beautiful side of the world" -Eric Curtis Cummings
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3 Responses to Respect them?? YOU BET! Free Choice!

  1. terri says:

    What a great lesson in nature and with humour!! Have the grand children seen this?? It’s a must see!!!

  2. Boy do I wish I could spend the day with you in the swamp. Love them all but partial to the raccoon.

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