Photonaturalist Steven Scott, based in Punta Gorda, Florida and Harrington, Maine. Landscapes, macro, flora & fauna in the country, suburbs and city. Lots of interesting links about the world of nature.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Big Cypress Preserve
Recent trip to Big Cypress Preserve....cool December weather brings out all the big gators to bask in the sun and wonderful colors of the sawgrass and cypress trees in winter.
The American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), grows to over 12 feet long is usually docile but extremely fast moving and dangerous if surprized, disturbed, or even approached to closely. Habitiats include ponds, swamps, rivers, marshes. They prefer fresh water, but are occasionally seen in mangroves or the Gulf of Mexico. They all seem bigger than my kayak!