Monday, February 28, 2011

Crikey! Look at all those Alligators!

Last week while we were in St. Augustine, Florida, Mr. Tennis and I took a few hours one afternoon and visited :

It has been awhile since I've been around so many different alligators and crocodiles.  And I was particularily glad they were behind glass or some other barrier.

Although it's always more thrilling to see these creatures in the wild, you never get quite the up-close experience you get at one of these farms.

Take a look at some of the different kinds of gators and crocs we saw during our visit:

This Albino Alligator is quite spectacular, isn't he (or she)?

This gator had captured a turtle for lunch.

The main distinguishing feature between and alligator and a crocodile is the snout. The gators' are more broad and the crocs' are longer and skinny.

Sometimes really skinny!

I got some footage of that gator trying to keep his "turtle catch" away from his mates.  Not too graphic, but not for the feight of heart either.  Those are not our voices on the tape, but they provided pretty good color commentary.

Linking to the week's  Tuesday's Show and Tail  over at Angela's blog!


Kit said...

Wow! Look at all those lovely crocs. Makes me think of the line from the movie, "Romancing the Stone" - Look at those snappers! Kit

Janie Fox said...

Crikey indeed. I am scared just looking at them. That skinny nosed one is like none I have ever seen!
Remember when Steve Irwin held his baby up by that alligator. I h ave never forgotten...crazy!!!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh - I brought my kids to that when they were little and now my grandson - love that place. Thanks for the memories.


Linda said...

Wow...that albino alligator IS amazing!

Mr. Connor said...

Pretty nice . Albino is really interesting . Will still give them a WIDE berth.

Orlando Grandma said...

Any vacation in
FL has to include alligators, thanks for sharing

texwisgirl said...

Those are impressive creatures! Excellent photos!

Mr. Tennis said...

I haven't seen that many gators in one place since the last time I was in The Swamp.

Angela said...

I'm not sure if I have ever seen any alligators like that before. If I did I don't remember it! I would seriously be scared to be that close to them! lol

Tuesdays' Show & Tail!

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Annesphamily said...

I like the nice purses and boots that are made from these creatures! LOL! They are so scary looking and can they be vicious. I saw a nature program that said alligators will kill their young if they try to come back to the nest! Yikes! But very interesting facts to tell the difference between crocs and gators. Thanks