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Old 04-22-2012, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Hi everyone, where from NYC and am looking to move all of us up to Mimosa Bay, just outside Sneads Ferry, in the Onslow County.
Hi - I live in Mimosa Bay, and have never seen an alligator personally. However, there was one lounging in a pond a few years ago and the sales director had it moved. I friend also took a picture of one at Mill Creek last summer, where it was attracted by the scraps from a fish market.

I believe, if you are reasonably cautious, you will be OK. Supervise your kids outside, and don't leave garbage around. If you have small pets, don't leave them out unsupervised.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:03 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I currently live by Camp Lejeune, NC (In Onslow County)- they are seen from time to time on the Marine Corps Base, in particular near New River and the water. Base housing actually has signs to "beware" of them. Twice a year the Marine Corps has the alligators counted, and apparently they're actually on the increase for the first time since the 1960s.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I've noticed a trend. I worked with several people from NY and NJ who were all afraid of spiders, snakes, and alligators (enough that they would scream and run away at the mere sight of one). I've also noticed a few posts on the NC, GA, SC, and other south forums about northerners asking about spiders, and various reptiles.

Lastly, do all northerners think the south is filled with alligators, snakes, and spiders? I was born and grew up in NC and never once saw an alligator (there aren't many, if any in Raleigh). I think I saw one or two snakes, but they were harmless. Spiders, yes, but primarily granddaddy long-legs.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:14 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I think the Alligators mainly stick to the coastal/swampy regions of NC.

And yeah it's astonishing how many people are "afraid" of creepy crawlies. I grew up in Australia, I can't say that I *like* spiders / snakes / insects / alligators (or crocodiles) but I'm definitely not as afraid of them as some.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Maryland/Topsail Beach
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There are these that we see once in awhile...
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Southeast
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The best spot in NC I know of to see gators is Orton Pond, near Orton Plantation near Southport. Pretty much every time I've been there, except once, I saw multiple gators. The last time a few months ago I was pretty close to them (less than 20 feet). If you go into Orton Plantation, you might see a dozen or more in the ditches and ponds.

I must agree with what someone said about worrying about water moccasins. They're nasty creatures, even when babies. I moved a baby out of my workplace once when I didn't recognize the species. It nearly bit me about 20 times, but never succeeded. After I looked it up, I decided to take more caution in the future.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:10 AM
 
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The best spot in NC I know of to see gators is Orton Pond, near Orton Plantation near Southport. Pretty much every time I've been there, except once, I saw multiple gators. The last time a few months ago I was pretty close to them (less than 20 feet). If you go into Orton Plantation, you might see a dozen or more in the ditches and ponds.

I must agree with what someone said about worrying about water moccasins. They're nasty creatures, even when babies. I moved a baby out of my workplace once when I didn't recognize the species. It nearly bit me about 20 times, but never succeeded. After I looked it up, I decided to take more caution in the future.

I thought Orton plantation was closed to the public?

I always regret I didn't vist Orton a couple of years ago before
it sold.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Southeast
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I didn't realize it was sold. Too bad. It was pretty, but I was only ever outside of it on the grounds. I photographed this guy at Orton Pond a few months ago. There is a spot where several tend to congregate, because they know that Northern transplants tend to illegally feed them there. I say that because I've seen it a few times.


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Old 05-01-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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A few years ago my wife and I took are motorcycles to Orton Plantation, don't you know two big gators where lying smack in the middle of the dirt road...no way my wife was going to ride past them.

We did the smart thing and went home for the car, they where gone when we went back.

Ron
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:17 AM
 
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Merchants Mill Pond State Park in gates county on the Virgina NC border has rather large gators in it.
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