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Old 04-18-2010, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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I see more gators than I see Dead People. LOL Sorry, I couldn't resist!
I know someone who has been here 8 years and claims to have never seen an alligator.
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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I know someone who has been here 8 years and claims to have never seen an alligator.
You ARE kidding! Aren't you???? Do they JUST stay in their house watching TV? Goodness! Get out..go to a park, Canoe down a river, take a walk behind any established neighborhood with a drainage pond(lake) and you WILL see them honey! AND..since you have Never Seen One...take your camera! PLEASE THOUGH...DO NOT FEED THEM OR POKE AT THEM OR TEASE THEM...You will make them aggressive and someone will get hurt! If not now, later. They get desensitized and eventually have to be removed because they become a nuisance and danger to the neighbors. SO PLEASE..just look, point, gasp and take your photos!

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Old 04-18-2010, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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I'm not kidding! I swear!

I don't know what his everyday life is like. It could be that he really does stay in his house most of the time.

Don't worry, I have NO intention of feeding or touching or coming within a few feet of any alligator! I'm even nervous taking my kids to the park-- the two younger ones are pretty small and might look like a tasty snack
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:18 PM
 
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I'm not kidding! I swear!

I don't know what his everyday life is like. It could be that he really does stay in his house most of the time.

Don't worry, I have NO intention of feeding or touching or coming within a few feet of any alligator! I'm even nervous taking my kids to the park-- the two younger ones are pretty small and might look like a tasty snack
LOL You shouldn't be nervous if you keep your distance all will be fine!
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Old 04-18-2010, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Norwood, Massachusetts
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Hillsborough River State Park is another place to see them pretty easily, along with a bunch of other great wildlife. Alligators are wonderful animals - glad there are other fans .
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Old 04-18-2010, 05:00 PM
 
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I've seen plenty of 7-8-9 footers at Medard Park...
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:11 PM
 
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It's April...Look Around...It's Alligator Mating Season...This article from 2004 spells it out for you

Danger lurking beneath the surface

Friday, April 23, 2004

http://www.baynews9.com/content/36/2004/4/23/39712.html (broken link)
Gator mating season can be dangerous.
Mating season for alligators can be dangerous for humans on land.
For instance, 74 year-old Jane Keefer is recovering in good condition on Sanibel Island after surviving an attack by a nearly 10-foot-long alligator in her backyard.
The alligator bit her leg and arm and then dragged her into a lake while she was gardening Wednesday night.


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Old 04-25-2010, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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I've been to lettuce lake park once before and loved it, the birds/water fowl alone make it worth the trip!
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Old 04-25-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Still in reach of the Tampa Bay area is Lake Kissimmee State Park. They have some big ones:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/membe...or-3471-wf.jpg

When the weather is the coldest is your best time to see them stretched out sunning.

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Old 04-25-2010, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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I know someone who has been here 8 years and claims to have never seen an alligator.

I can't say that I'm too surprised. I'm here for grad school It's safe to say that in the 2 years we've been here, a majority of my cohort/colleagues have not seen gators either. Along the same lines, they are not nature-lovers like me. I've been to several parks in the area...heck, I've even seen gators in ponds around libraries I've studied at. I think most don't take the time to appreciate nature, and thus miss what it has to offer.
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