American Alligator

One facet of life in Florida is sharing the land with the American alligator. This sign is in the park in our residential subdivision. About 100 ft from this sign was an alligator laying in the reeds along the bank of the pond—wise words of caution.He or she was about 6 ft or 2 m in length, but they can grow over twice that. Alligators are wary of humans and will avoid them if possible. This gator did not appreciate my attention and disappeared into the water, showing displeasure by slapping its tail on the surface. Click on the image for a larger view.