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|Captured this lovely as she was basking in the creek, outside our backyard again. I am still waiting to see her babes! A good sized gator, about 6-7 feet long.|
The American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is one of the two living species of Alligator, a genus within the family Alligatoridae. The American Alligator is native only to the southeastern United States, where it inhabits wetlands that frequently overlap with human-populated areas. It is larger than the other Alligator species, the Chinese Alligator.
The American Alligator has a large, slightly rounded body, with thick limbs, a broad head, and a very powerful tail. Males can weigh over 1000 pounds; the largest recorded American Alligator reached a length of 19 feet, 2 inches (5.8 meters), although 4 to 4.5 meters (13 to 14.7 feet) is a more common adult size. The tail, which accounts for half of the alligator's total length, is primarily used for aquatic propulsion. The tail can also be used as a weapon of defense when an alligator feels threatened. While alligators travel very quickly in water, they are generally slow-moving on land. However, they have the ability to sprint for short distances at speeds of up to 30 miles/hour.
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- [2007-04-01 20:54]
Great shot with fantastic colors and nice details, does she have a nest close by. Can't swim in your creek I guess.
Thanks for sharing your work.
- [2007-04-01 22:33]
A wonderful capture of this lady gator.I like the low POV and awesome eye contact.Beautiful reflection in the water,and natural colours.Well composed ,TFS
I'm giving you points just for courage!!!!
No way would I get that close!
Awesome photo...great pov - head peeking up, reflection.