Thursday, April 12, 2018

Finally Friday - Life in Florida

We live in Tallahassee, which is essentially a city plunked down in a forest. 
There is a large lake just down the street from where I work and live.

Today, a lady called my office and said there was a gator on our property. So of course I had to go look for myself. And who looks at stuff these days WITHOUT their cell phone camera??

This guy is between 3 - 4 feet, and has taken up residence in our holding pond, up by the road.
He was enjoying a bit of sun here.

I couldn't get closer for a better picture, but he was kind of cute.
Obviously, we're grading on a curve here.

For now - he won't be so cute when he's a solid 8-footer.

Florida Game & Fish will be sending a biologist to evalute him. 

Under 4 feet, relocation. 

Over 4 feet.. well...

In case you are wondering, this is not unusual at all for pretty much any part of Florida.
Especially in drought conditions, they come up all over, including front porches, swimming pools, etc.


  1. Angelique's momma really likes gators (from a distance of course).

  2. We heard they taste like chicken. Maybe the little ones taste like eggs?

  3. WoW! I would be scared...Kozmo says it is the eagles that scare him in Midway.

    1. OH how I would LOVE to see those. We have them here but I have never seen them.

  4. I lived in Palm Bay before it got to be so huge. Hubs worked at the Cape. 30 mi drive. But you know about drainage dishes I feel sure. We had alligators every now and again in the drainage ditches. We loved it. We just watched our step when we left the house. Snakes always sunned on the concrete porches too. The flying roaches took us for rides..those huge "Palmetto Bugs" and the mosquitoes were really Klingons I have since decided.

  5. Well, that’s something we’ve never seen on our island! :)

  6. I'm not sure I'd want to be that near any gators! But then, we live in coyote country, and they are pretty dangerous for us kitties.

  7. I hope he gets relocated to somewhere safe. Once when we were in Florida we were driving to the Kennedy Space Centre and we were amazed at how many alligators were sunning themselves om the sides of the ditches along the side of the road. Some looked huge!

  8. Poor guy. Everything is connected. Mountain lions don't usually come this far east - until the males started doing so because they needed to to get their own territory. Last year, there was a mountain lion not far from here and the conservation department was shocked that it was a lady lion! Makes sense if she followed her mancat :)

  9. Oh my! I sure hope he or she is relocated to a safe spot.

  10. YIKES......gators on the property....on last night's news we heard that a man in Wake Forest took his trash out at 9:30 pm Wednesday night and was attacked by a Coyote. The man threw a trash can at him but he kept trying to get the man. His son finally shot him. The coyote was rabid which explains that out of character behavior. The news said it was rare for a Coyote to have rabies. Coyotes have been moving east for years. Now they are here and I will think twice before walking on a trail in Wake Co.
    Hugs Cecilia

  11. Oh my, gator on property! I lived in Florida long time ago. Fortunately they didn't come to our office area while I worked there :-) I do remember meeting huge turtle on the golf course, though!

  12. Ooooo, that would be scary! Yikes!

  13. WHOA !!!!!!!!!!!! uze all caushunz guyz....N tell mom if de door bellz ringz KNOT ta answer it coz it mite BEE a gator
    wantin sum snax ore sum thin ~~~~~~☺☺♥♥

  14. That's an animal we've never seen and will never see here ! Amazing ! Purrs

  15. Hmm, something tells me that if we ever see a gator on our property, it's the Zombie Apocalypse!

  16. And this is exactly why I love living in cold New England :)

  17. Alligators? MOUSES! I don't think I'd enjoy meetin' up with one of those. Nope, not at all. purrs

  18. Now that's something you don't see every day...
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Noodle and crew

  19. That's really neat! Yes, cute from afar. Close up ... probably not so cute. :)

    Hugs to you all!