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florida alligator


florida alligator
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Copyright: manuel matos (efigesta) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 23 W: 0 N: 16] (152)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006
Categories: Reptiles
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-17 11:37
Viewed: 3990
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae. The name alligator is an anglicized form of the Spanish el lagarto ("the lizard"), the name by which early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida called the alligator. In Florida alone there are an estimated more than 1 million alligators. The United States is the only nation on earth where both alligators and crocodiles live side by side. American Alligators live in freshwater environments, such as ponds, marshes, wetlands, rivers, and swamps.

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Good shot Manuel of this one out of the water in his natural environment. Growing up in south Louisiana I'm fairly familiar with the alligator and have a few tales I could tell. But, no pictures...;-( Your picture is really nice of this young gator. They were on the endangered species list when I was growing up, but have since been removed and are quite common now. You would not necessarily want to throw a stick in the water down there for your dog to fetch anymore.

Thanks for sharing,

Dave

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