A Night Run In Florida (Gator Sighting)

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  1. gridlock

    gridlock Friend of Leo's

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    Just finished a two mile run tonight and I see this little guy in the curb by my neighbors house. Just a little guy (2 feet long) and he wasn’t very happy to see me.

    I see big gators all the time in the lakes and ponds around my neighborhood but never a gator (though small) in the the middle of a gated community.

    Funny over the years I’ve nearly hit a gator crossing the road with my car and also while on my road bike. Now while running.

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    I haven’t seen a gator since I lived in Myrtle Beach when I was in the third grade.
    Cool!
     
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    Last time I saw gators up close, I was at the Kennedy Space center. I was out on the little island at the visitor center that has the Challenger memorial on it, the lagoon surrounding the island was full of the scaly guys, and most of them were gathered under a fence rail that had a bunch of preteen kids hanging over the top looking at and laughing about them. It was all I could do to stop myself from grabbing a couple by the seat of the pants and giving them a "boost" over the fence.
     
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    Great pic...I also live in a gatored community.
     
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    Got a fat skunk on my front lawn
     
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    Around here we just get the occasional coyote, bear, or cougar. So far the wolfs have stayed in the hills above town.
     
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    Cool pic, thx. My last gator sighting was at a Florida trip some years ago where you could see them hanging around near the streets while driving there.
     
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    I haven't seen one all summer here in SC; I think they stay in the lagoons to keep cool when the air temps are really warm. But just in the last week as our weather has cooled I've seen one or two.

    I've yet to see one crossing a street though I've heard stories!
     
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    I live on the opposite side of a river located in a state forest. More than a few of the gators we have here are in the 10 to 12 foot range, and most are 6 to 8 foot. Those little 2 footers seldom get past being a "big gator" snack unless they pack their bags, leave the river and find a small pond, ditch or slough to hang out in until they're bigger. Your little gator is probably on such a mission.
     
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    I’ve got one that hangs around here, too.
    I see it upon arriving home after work, usually in the late evening or early morning.
    I sometimes wait in the car with my headlights illuminating it’s escape route.
    So far, so good!
     
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    I like it when nature doesn't retreat, despite the oppression of civilization

    And I am pretty much in favor of anything that eats those puntdogs, and cats

    It somehow makes me happy to know that in some areas wolves still terrify people
     
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    Those little ones are kinda cute. The big mamas and bulls, not so much.
     
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    I had a possum in backyard .It has nasty teeth too
     
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    Yeah, best to let that size just walk on.
    Hardly enough there for a decent sized po-boy.
    You did right.
     
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    That would put a whole other thing to concentrate on while out running.

    I run in the dark a lot, and the things I worry about are loose dogs, traffic, and skunks. In that order. And skunks may be moving up the list, as I've run up onto a few and narrowly avoided a smelly confrontation.
     
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    Lots of things can kill ya in FLA... Even at 2', they can still leave a nasty bite.
     
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    It's been a good week for spotting wildlife for me here in FL too... I just took a jaunt back & forth across state on the two lane highways, and tooling around a bit on the farming fields SW of Tampa. Along the highway, we saw a couple bald eagles on watch from their high perches, a *big* fox crossing the highway, and out in the fields, a good sized deer. On the berm there was also a gator carcass... it happens.

    I wouldn't personally mess with a gator of any size whatsoever. Besides being illegal to molest, even a two footer will knock the snot out of a fella. Might as well coexist. Most of this will be underwater in a few decades anyhow... <shrug>
     
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    Yeah, I was on Merritt Island nearby Canaveral and when I would walk the dogs, there were a couple gators that often would move up to the water's edge stealthily. They weren't big ones biggest maybe 4-5 ft. The locals said to watch out, that area evidently has it's share of gators.
     
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