Mother gator protecting her young. Big Cypress Swamp!

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Mother gator protecting her young. Big Cypress Swamp!

Post by Woods Walker » Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:07 pm

Took a short walk along the Big Cypress Swamp or rather a very very small area of it. Dang thing is massive! I guess less talk and more pics are in order.

As the sign says alligators are common in this area. They should be approached and hand feed chicken. Yup, that's the ticket.

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Some big yellow eared sliders.

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Baby gators! So cute they're to die for. They took off fast.

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I kept an eye out for mother gator but seen nothing. Then out of the Cyprus merk she swam right towards me. Well directly between me and her young. At about 8 feet away I decided to give her some space. Have the encounter on video. Being a northern boy gators are an unknown but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out the score.

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The little ones showed up again once their mother was there. I guess they knew the score as well.

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Looks like a big cypress.

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Maybe a smaller cypress. Remember people I am a northern boy so don't hold me to any of these IDs.

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Royal palm.

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Strangling fig. I wonder why it's called that?

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Coffee plant.

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Sabal palmetto aka cabbage palm.

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Looks like an anole. I could be wrong but maybe it's an invasive caribbean anole aka not native.

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Someplace out there I seen a gar like thing but it doesn't show up in the pics.

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Just some swamp fun.

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Some swamp fun.

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There is something moving out there. Darn if I know what it is.

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Here is a video including the mother gator in action.



Thanks for looking.
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Post by Evan the Diplomat » Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:36 pm

Great pictures.

Good ID on the anole. Can't tell the size. Cuban anoles are the only other anole species I know of and they are very rare.

Did you know you can produce a gator "hello" call by making a strong gulping sound with your mouth closed. Works on caiman too. Have not tried it on crocodiles.
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Post by duodecima » Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:09 am

Evan the Diplomat wrote:Great pictures.

Good ID on the anole. Can't tell the size. Cuban anoles are the only other anole species I know of and they are very rare.

Did you know you can produce a gator "hello" call by making a strong gulping sound with your mouth closed. Works on caiman too. Have not tried it on crocodiles.
Does it calm them down or something? (That's fascinating, in any case.)
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duodecima wrote:
Evan the Diplomat wrote:Great pictures.

Good ID on the anole. Can't tell the size. Cuban anoles are the only other anole species I know of and they are very rare.

Did you know you can produce a gator "hello" call by making a strong gulping sound with your mouth closed. Works on caiman too. Have not tried it on crocodiles.
Does it calm them down or something? (That's fascinating, in any case.)
No, it mimics their grunt. Some may give a report back and come to investigate.
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Post by Toxoph » Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:27 am

Evan the Diplomat wrote:Great pictures.

Good ID on the anole. Can't tell the size. Cuban anoles are the only other anole species I know of and they are very rare.
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We are overun with them. They have pushed the native green anoles out in most places. When I was a kid here, the greens were everywhere, now I pretty much never see them but the cubans are everywhere!
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Toxoph wrote:
Evan the Diplomat wrote:Great pictures.

Good ID on the anole. Can't tell the size. Cuban anoles are the only other anole species I know of and they are very rare.
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We are overun with them. They have pushed the native green anoles out in most places. When I was a kid here, the greens were everywhere, now I pretty much never see them but the cubans are everywhere!
Remarkable. I recall as a kid how the National Zoo was very proud to acquire a Cuban anole, the reptile keepers were acting like it was a moon rock.
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Post by Woods Walker » Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:20 am

Evan the Diplomat wrote:Great pictures.

Good ID on the anole. Can't tell the size. Cuban anoles are the only other anole species I know of and they are very rare.

Did you know you can produce a gator "hello" call by making a strong gulping sound with your mouth closed. Works on caiman too. Have not tried it on crocodiles.
Never tried that. Thanks for looking.
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Post by Woods Walker » Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:22 am

Toxoph wrote:
Evan the Diplomat wrote:Great pictures.

Good ID on the anole. Can't tell the size. Cuban anoles are the only other anole species I know of and they are very rare.
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We are overun with them. They have pushed the native green anoles out in most places. When I was a kid here, the greens were everywhere, now I pretty much never see them but the cubans are everywhere!
Yup the caribbean anoles took over however the greens actually moved higher in the trees and developed better climbing skills, granted in much lower numbers.
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Post by KGBrick » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:12 am

Beautiful area - I'll have to visit it sometime, maybe kayak around if possible. Nice to see an alligator acting right 'n having cute lil' alligatory babies, too.
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Evan the Diplomat wrote:Great pictures.

Good ID on the anole. Can't tell the size. Cuban anoles are the only other anole species I know of and they are very rare.

Did you know you can produce a gator "hello" call by making a strong gulping sound with your mouth closed. Works on caiman too. Have not tried it on crocodiles.
Does it calm them down or something? (That's fascinating, in any case.)
No, it mimics their grunt. Some may give a report back and come to investigate.
Isn't that mimicking the call of a baby to its mother? Or do adults make a similar (but I assume deeper) sound to communicate? As I've noted, alligators in my AO tend to be shy so they don't ignore my presence enough to let me eavesdrop. The last time an alligator didn't flee at the sight of me (barring captives) was when I was still alligator-dinner sized. Back then I was too busy keeping one eye on the gator and the other on whatever I was trying to do to listen much.

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Post by raptor » Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:53 am

Great pictures! Thank you for sharing.

Looks kinda like my backyard.

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Post by Evan the Diplomat » Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:10 pm

KGBrick wrote:Beautiful area - I'll have to visit it sometime, maybe kayak around if possible. Nice to see an alligator acting right 'n having cute lil' alligatory babies, too.
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duodecima wrote:
Evan the Diplomat wrote:Great pictures.

Good ID on the anole. Can't tell the size. Cuban anoles are the only other anole species I know of and they are very rare.

Did you know you can produce a gator "hello" call by making a strong gulping sound with your mouth closed. Works on caiman too. Have not tried it on crocodiles.
Does it calm them down or something? (That's fascinating, in any case.)
No, it mimics their grunt. Some may give a report back and come to investigate.
Isn't that mimicking the call of a baby to its mother? Or do adults make a similar (but I assume deeper) sound to communicate? As I've noted, alligators in my AO tend to be shy so they don't ignore my presence enough to let me eavesdrop. The last time an alligator didn't flee at the sight of me (barring captives) was when I was still alligator-dinner sized. Back then I was too busy keeping one eye on the gator and the other on whatever I was trying to do to listen much.
Adults grunt as well. It is higher pitched in the hatchlings and lower pitched in adults. I've had better than 50% success but I can't factor in other variable , like when I was a volunteer at the National Zoo. Did the specimens approach because they associated a human in the enclosure with food, despite it being the wrong date and time.
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Post by NamelessStain » Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:10 am

In the words of the Swamp People narrator:

"Welcome to the swamp".

Last year I had a 4'+ gator on my front steps. It still lives in the wetlands behind my house and all the neighborhood kids know exactly were it stays.
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Post by Paladin1 » Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:16 pm

Great pic's! Thanks!
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