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Old 07-15-2013, 07:17 PM
 
Location: says MA on my license but can be found wandering the beaches of RI
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Everything I've been reading here and watching shows on has me really intrigued by the differences down there as opposed to where I live (northeast). I'm curious how close people get to the natural habitat of the TB area or maybe you had a rare sighting of something or even been surprised.

Please share a story if you have one
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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My dog was eaten by an alligator while my girlfriend was holding the leash. The gator swam across a small lake without making a ripple, lunged out of the water and grabbed the dog-if I hadn't grabbed my girlfriend, she'd have been pulled in, too. One of the most horrifying things I've ever witnessed. I can still see the look of terror on the dog's face and hear it's final yelp.

On a lighter note, I have a family of screech owls living in my yard.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Bobcat roaming the golf course. Wild boars/hogs digging up lawns in the community. Alligators around ponds. Occasional garter snake in the landscaping.


So sorry to read about your dog Vaughan.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:35 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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Default Rabid animals

I often see rabid animals on the roadways around here. They are driving vehicles and are insane.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:35 PM
 
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My dog was eaten by an alligator while my girlfriend was holding the leash. The gator swam across a small lake without making a ripple, lunged out of the water and grabbed the dog-if I hadn't grabbed my girlfriend, she'd have been pulled in, too. One of the most horrifying things I've ever witnessed. I can still see the look of terror on the dog's face and hear it's final yelp.
Man, that's just... horrible. I can't imagine going through that, sorry to hear it happened to you and your girlfriend man.

My run-ins haven't been at all noteworthy. A citrus rat fell out of a tree last night when I was going for a walk, not five feet away, it just laid there obviously injured, probably hoping I wouldn't approach it. A young black racer snake slid under the exterior door into my office recently. I've had to kill a few Cane Toads in my yard to protect my dogs. Had a young possum in my yard recently, terrified from my dogs. All of this is in South Tampa. Save for the cane toads, the fauna here hasn't been much different than what we'd experience in the midwest.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:37 PM
 
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Bobcat roaming the golf course.
Wife and I (and our dogs) experienced this in Naples when we spent a summer there. Bobcats and armadillos, the latter would nest outside the screen to our lanai.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Bit by a coral snake, interesting experience.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:40 PM
 
Location: southern california
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very aggressive bobcat 1/3 larger than normal size two confrontations very slow to back down.
this is with 3 large men construction workers.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I see raccoons all the time. Once I was startled while walking out of Bucs stadium past a dumpster and several were sifting through trash......
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Bit by a coral snake, interesting experience.
Hate snakes. Just learning to fish and watch me step on one accidentally -hope not.
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