This Alligator at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge looks to be enjoying the summer heat and mud but, if something worthwhile ambled by that looked good to eat, the Alligator most likely would be lightning quick to grab it.
An American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) basks in the Sun along the shore of Lake Apopka in Florida. The gator’s toothy visage was reason enough to not get out of the car at this spot.
A selection of American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) images taken during a recent visit to the Orlando Wetlands Park. The Orlando Wetlands Park is a giant, artificially created wetland built to treat reclaimed water and, in a secondary use, provide living space for wildlife. The wildlife have the run of the place and it is not uncommon to find wildlife, including alligators, right up on the hiking trail.
Cleaning up the last of the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) images for now from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, mostly of gators sunning themselves in the cold air. More Alligator photos to come sometime in the future.
A continuation of Alligator Study #2, getting a better angle of one of the big gators (Alligator mississippiensis) in the dry wallow. Look at the size of that back leg! And the claws! These Alligators are enormous and are part of the fun of any visit to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge where gators can be seen roaming in the wild of the huge Refuge.
Continuing on the theme of American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, it is important to remember that they have the run of the Refuge, so when you get out of your car to walk around, be careful about walking into something like this. It could be a problem. During the cold months, the Alligators often come out of the water to maximize what heat they can get from the Sun to warm themselves.
A fun thing to do when it is cold is to visit Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge to see all the American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) sunning themselves to keep warm. Here are a few photos over the next few days of these large, magnificent reptiles taken from various areas around the Refuge.