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Crocodilians
 1. American alligator
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American alligator, Fairchild Gardens, 2008.  This is the first alligator that I have seen in Fairchild Gardens.  While we were taking pictures of a Florida softshell, it swam toward us as if it was expecting food.  Even though the signs are posted around the ponds, prohibiting the feeding of alligators, it appears that they have become quite accustomed to receiving handouts.
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American alligator, Loop Road, Florida, USA, 2008. This small alligator of approximately 2.5 feet long cross the road in front of us.
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American alligator, Fakahatchee National Refuge, Florida, 2008. Due to the current drought that Florida is in, there was very little standing water in the refuge.  In a small body of water this alligator made his home.
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American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), Everglades, FL, USA, 2007.

Top: sunning at Anhinga Trail

Middle: A large male courting a much smaller female (snout up in air) at Shark Valley.

Top: sunning at Shark Valley

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Top: American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), Shark Valley, Everglades, FL, USA. 2007. This is a good visual of the short, broad snout and rounded head and snout of the alligator.

Bottom: American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA. 2006. In contrast to the alligator, the crocodile has a slender, pointed snout with a triangular head.
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Here are a few head shots of alligators taken on Loop Road in the Everglades, 2008. I think that how the head is the only part of the body seen above water just makes an impressive photograph.

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This alligator came to ward us very quickly, and it was so cool how you move in the water. If I wasn't on land taking this picture and instead was in the water, this would be a rather scary image.
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American alligator, Loop Road, Everglades, Florida, USA, 2008. In a small ponds near the road there were eight to 10 alligators, ranging from four to 8 feet long. They were rather hungry and eager to accept food from anywhere possible. We threw pieces of cracker into the water; cichlids and sunfish ate the crackers, and the alligators came to eat the fish.  However, they only were able to eat the cracker.  We would place the crackers about 2 feet from the shore where we were standing and they would come up to the shore to eat them or at least the fish they were trying to eat the crackers.
  
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American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), Grossman Hammock, Everglades, FL, USA. 2007.

Top: This large male was with a smaller female and several 2 foot long babies. I got closer to take pictures of the babies, and this male got defensive. He slipped into the water and came over to where I was. When he went under water and I lost track of him, I decided that it was time to move away from the water’s edge.

Middle and bottom: Baby alligators basking near the protection of their mother (out of the picture).

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American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA. 2006. Sometimes crocs come up the canals into the lake on campus. I have seen one individual numerous times and a few times I have seen two individuals, so at least 2 individuals frequent the lake.



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