Saturday, July 09, 2016

Went gatoring again today.

Headed back down to the swamp to see gators again. Was not disappointed.

My friend the panhandling gator was out and parked by the dock again.

Then there was this four-footer off the boardwalk a short distance away.
And this living, breathing PSA explaining why you don't leave the boardwalks or reach down into the water beside them:
Not sure how long it was, but it's tail was visible on the other side of the boardwalk and the walk was six feet across.

Beautiful place out here, but you need to watch your surroundings.


  1. Yah, good advice is to always watch the ground in a southern swamp. If you can see gators or turtles, then snakes are active, too, and you definitely don't want to step on a moccasin or rattlesnake.

  2. Are any of those gators known for crawling up on that boardwalk? It sure doesn't look like it would be that difficult for them to do. As to the snapping turtles, they've always been more of a nuisance when I was fishing. Snakes though, moccasins are so well camouflaged and mean they'll chase after you. My experiences with rattlesnakes has been they'll mostly stand there ground. I've known areas so heavily populated with them to be just plain scary.

    1. Usually they don't go up on the walks unless the water level rises. And it wouldn't be hard in many areas.

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    1. Saw the most beautiful snake I've ever seen there. Green rat snake. Have never found a photo that did it justice.

  4. You should poke the biggest one with a stick...a short one.

  5. Anonymous1:14 PM

    Gator is some good eating