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rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
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5/19/2006 9:02 pm

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Remember to zigzag

Alligator mississippiensis


NAME ETYMOLOGY:
> Alligator is derived from the Spanish el lagarto which means "the lizard"
> mississippiensis means "of the Mississippi (River)", derived from mississippi + ensis (Latin for "belonging to" ). In the initial description, mississippiensis was misspelled as mississipiensis (one p) but later corrected by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature on the principal argument that it refers to the Mississippi River


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The American Alligator. One of the largest reptiles alive. Virtually unchanged in sixty-five million years. A living fossil. A true dinosaur.

A dinosaur that eats people.

In less than a weeks time, the score is:

Gators: 3
Humans: 0

Yep, that's right. This time the gators won. Sort of. Three people died. I would venture a guess to say that stupidity played a major role. Yes, I said stupidity. Getting too damn close to these prehistoric creatures is not a smart move. Hanging out near a fresh water canal at night is not a smart move. Jogging at night near fresh water is not a smart move. Snorkeling in a KNOWN alligator habitat is not a smart move. ESPECIALLY during the mating season. This is when alligators are the most aggressive.

Have you ever heard an alligator roar? I have. It can make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight out.

Have you ever heard an alligator hiss? I have. It raises goosebumps, and sends a chill down the spine.

Have you ever seen an alligator stalk it's prey? I have. I was virtually mesmerized by the deliberate stare and slow movements. From totally invisible to visible in the blink of an eye. And the quickness of the grab, (it was a duck). It was scary, yet it was almost like a dance. I had newfound respect for the gator that day.

Did you know that alligators can run, (yes,RUN), in short sprints up to 30mph? It's true. A human can run, what? 7 mph? You do the math. Hence the title of this post. NEVER run in a straight line if a gator is after your ass. ZIGZAG movements are impossible for the reptile to negotiate.

Now, I'm not saying to stay away from all fresh water. Here, in this swamp, gators are found in ALL bodies of fresh water. Even drainage ditches. But, being prudent could save you from being the ultimate in gator bait.

They feed at dusk and into the night. The mating/breeding season is from May through August. Males are VERY territorial during this time, and ANYTHING seen as a threat to their landscape is fair game. And, NEVER EVER feed them. They learn to associate food with people, and lose their natural fear of humans. That, in itself, is one of the number one causes of attack.

Here in Florida, it is ILLEGAL to feed or molest an alligator. Now, I know sheep and other farm animals are fair game to some, but dang. Molest a gator? That takes balls...

And remember I said the gators won? Sort of? Yeah. They won, but then paid the price. Those gators that attacked those three women, are now dead. They were being alligators. They are REPTILES. With small brains. They are not cunning, nor do they have a cognizant thought process. They kill. They kill to eat. They kill to survive. They kill to protect/defend. It doesn't matter if it's a duck, a deer, a raccoon, or a human. Should these three be dead? Yes. Should they all be persecuted? NO.

Should there be an open season on gators? No. The witch hunt mentality caused by hysteria can have disastrous results on the eco system. They were here first. They have been HERE for sixty-five million years. WE have encroached on their habitat, and expect them to stay in the shadows. It ain't gonna happen. They have no place to go. We are destroying their world. What do we expect them to do? Go meekly into extinction? Not a chance.

We humans need to learn how to coexist. And that starts with education. Instead of ignorance. Follow the law. Pay attention. Don't be stupid. It's a proven fact that stupidity kills. Don't be a statistic...

These big lizards, (and all of the crocodilians), are our only link to the past. Something tells me that since they've survived for millions of years, they have the ability to still be in existence, even after we're gone...


brute472 75M
3480 posts
5/20/2006 1:34 am

I know I have already told you before that New Zealand is a safe place we don't have alligators, crocodiles or snakes just stupid drunk drivers to do our killing, but that aside you would be welcome here any time.


rm_Kingcat4U2 66M
2799 posts
5/20/2006 3:09 am

Not to worry. Alligators are one of nature's most efficient killing machines. Unfortunately for them, we have more stupid people than there are 'gators. Using the formula, one stupid person = one dead alligator,
they may be extinct my midnight tonight. If only somehow we could persuade politicians to start feeding them, both species might live happily everafter.


rm_bucfannn replies on 5/25/2006 5:01 am:
If people would use common sense, (ie: don't hang out where they are residing, keep dogs and kids out of the water, don't feed them), we would have less problems. After all, they were here first...

tut1117 73M  
452 posts
5/20/2006 4:30 am

bucfannn, gator a fasinating creatures to me, quitely floating along or laying out sunning. I had a dog that use to tease a gator in a pond near my greenhouses in South Carolina. The pond was also in front of a golf course clubhouse, he would go from side to side around this pond watching the gator follow him, but the dog was smart enough to leave before the gator would get to close. Fred, the dog, would also from time to time go out on the green and take the golfer's golf ball from the green, had to train him to stop doing that though.
Hope you enjoy your weekend off, if I have it counted right, if not do the best darn job you can at work.
tut1117


rm_jami95 67M
69 posts
5/20/2006 7:05 am


Funny that you mentioned zig zags. I was just looking for mine (damn cats).

Interesting that gators seem to prefer females. We have the same situation in California. Mountain lions wondering down into urban areas prefer female joggers.

Be very careful or be veryyyyyyyyyy fast . . . . . . . . .


oldude1946 72M

5/20/2006 9:05 am

You should hear that Bigfoot Bitch


rm_MisterFrumpy 47M
428 posts
5/20/2006 10:14 am

they say you also shouldnt try to climb a tree to get away from them. they can climb to a certain degree and being tree'd by a gator would probably make for a long night.
Gators have been known to climb chain link fences to get into back yards to chomp on those bite sized doggies.

as for people vs gators..there is an estimated 1 million gators in florida. Some of those get up to nearly 10 feet/1000 pounds. If that doesnt sound all that bad, take a trip to gatorland (in Orlando) and see how freakin big they really look up close and personal. You can also watch them feed, swim and generally be gatorlike.

Sadly i sense a gator hunting season soon but in reality what it takes is for people to be more aware of where they are being forced to live due to home construction and the fact that when it's mating season (and it is!) they get even more nasty than normal.


peaches19555 62M

5/20/2006 2:55 pm

Look if you can into terror filled eyes as the break the water's surface with each of their captor's rolls. The water now quiet and soon still with these stupid human tricks.


Xeryien 53M
1448 posts
5/21/2006 11:16 am

I'll have to second PimpDaddy - gators can definitely climb chain link fences... We have had them inside one of our properties where I work - surrounded by fencing...


Tone_33756 56M

5/22/2006 11:40 am

Gators: 3
Humans: 0 = Not exactly a good score. They all should be wallets and boots! lol


rm_pagan380 66M
4405 posts
5/22/2006 5:08 pm

Maidens beware, there be dragons here!
Truly,


Come play naked in the sunshine and dance naked under the stars.

Digambara


cairnsmale55 107M

5/25/2006 4:33 am

    We call then crocodiles over here, two kind, 'salties' (salt water variety) and 'freshies' (fresh water variety) both grow to over 4 meters and are protected in the wild. We had a 2.5m 'saltie' at the Airport not so long ago... they tried to move him from the runway by using a truck to push him along... score: saltie 1... truck tires -2...


rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
2110 posts
5/25/2006 5:00 am

Brute

I have seen so many pictures of NZ, and knowing there aren't any crocs or snakes, makes it all the more attractive for visiting


rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
2110 posts
5/25/2006 5:02 am

Tut, your dog was lucky he wasn't a snack


rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
2110 posts
5/25/2006 5:04 am

Yes we do need to coexist, I am in complete agreement

Alamo, yes we do. But, humans are rather selfish creatures. They want it all. The gators only want what is theirs...


rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
2110 posts
5/25/2006 5:05 am

Jami

Heh. Which cat? That big bruiser?

Yes, you have mountain lions. We have (sort of) the florida panther. Because of man's stupidity, they are endangered. The gator was on the endangered list not too many years ago. They've make a striking comeback...


rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
2110 posts
5/25/2006 5:06 am

You should hear that Bigfoot Bitch

lol.. oh sweetie. one of these days I need to hear her for myself


rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
2110 posts
5/25/2006 5:09 am

    Quoting rm_MisterFrumpy:
    they say you also shouldnt try to climb a tree to get away from them. they can climb to a certain degree and being tree'd by a gator would probably make for a long night.
    Gators have been known to climb chain link fences to get into back yards to chomp on those bite sized doggies.

    as for people vs gators..there is an estimated 1 million gators in florida. Some of those get up to nearly 10 feet/1000 pounds. If that doesnt sound all that bad, take a trip to gatorland (in Orlando) and see how freakin big they really look up close and personal. You can also watch them feed, swim and generally be gatorlike.

    Sadly i sense a gator hunting season soon but in reality what it takes is for people to be more aware of where they are being forced to live due to home construction and the fact that when it's mating season (and it is!) they get even more nasty than normal.
Yep, Frump. I see it coming too. And, I HAVE seen an 8 foot gator scaling a fence. That was scary. Was going after a dog chained to a doghouse. Luckily, we scared it away, (we were in a boat on the St Johns River), and went up to the house and told the owners... the dummies...


rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
2110 posts
5/25/2006 5:10 am

    Quoting peaches19555:
    Look if you can into terror filled eyes as the break the water's surface with each of their captor's rolls. The water now quiet and soon still with these stupid human tricks.
I'm not kidding, sweets. You truly need to write a blog. I'll be a loyal and forever fan...


rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
2110 posts
5/25/2006 5:11 am

    Quoting Xeryien:
    I'll have to second PimpDaddy - gators can definitely climb chain link fences... We have had them inside one of our properties where I work - surrounded by fencing...
Yea, go figure. People don't realize how athletic these creatures are.


rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
2110 posts
5/25/2006 5:14 am

    Quoting Tone_33756:
    Gators: 3
    Humans: 0 = Not exactly a good score. They all should be wallets and boots! lol
I don't think they should all be killed. Good grief. That's the hysteria mentality. I remember last year, this doofus was trimming plants IN a small pond. He KNEW there was a gator (big one) living there, yet, he went INTO the gators territory to trim plants. Well, the gator attacked. Yep. This man is minus an arm. The gator was killed. Because of MAN'S stupidity... now, that truly pisses me off...


rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
2110 posts
5/25/2006 5:15 am

    Quoting rm_pagan380:
    Maidens beware, there be dragons here!
    Truly,
I think it's cool as HELL we have the last living dinosaur living here. Now, if only humans would grow some brains, we could MAYBE keep them around a little longer...


rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
2110 posts
5/25/2006 5:23 am

    Quoting cairnsmale55:
      We call then crocodiles over here, two kind, 'salties' (salt water variety) and 'freshies' (fresh water variety) both grow to over 4 meters and are protected in the wild. We had a 2.5m 'saltie' at the Airport not so long ago... they tried to move him from the runway by using a truck to push him along... score: saltie 1... truck tires -2...

The salties are the ones that are aggressive, correct? I think, only second to the Nile Crocodile as far as human fatalities go. Compared to a saltie, or a Nile Croc, the American Alligator is relatively placid. They only attack when their territory is threatened, or they think whatever is swimming in THEIR water is food...


cairnsmale55 107M

5/26/2006 12:40 am

    Found an article posted by another blogger (who sadly is no longer a member) on a similar topic and I have added it to my blog. Might be worth having a peek...

    cairnsmale55... [post 362463]


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