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Old 07-10-2012, 08:19 AM
 
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Mclean, Va; West Palm Beach, Fl
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Lady, just buy a shotgun. If you see one : KABAMMMMMMMMMMMM! Gater stew. I saw one up in Delray a few years ago. Whenever one is spotted all the rednecks get together and go gator hunting.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:44 PM
 
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"Since 1948, 224 people have suffered major alligator bites, including 22 fatal bites, according to June 2011 conservation commission data."


3 people a year out of 19 million + are bitten by gators.

Lightning is more dangerous! As is driving!

Personally, I do my best to stay out of fresh water!
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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Wouldn't catch me swimming in any "Florida river" or lake....
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Jupiter
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Wouldn't catch me swimming in any "Florida river" or lake....
I never forgot the words of the 1st real estate agent I was dealing with in Florida when I asked about alligators......as they responded..."if you have fresh water you could have an gator"......and this kid goes swimming in a river......WOW......if nothing else perhaps it will deter others from taking the same chance...
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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We moved down here from NY about 2 1/2 yrs. ago, I know how you feel. I still think there's a gator around every corner. Didn't help that the first night we moved here there was a story of a lady that heard a knock at her door and it was a gator!

On that note, I live in a community on the AG preserve that has about 10 lakes. I have an unfenced yard on the lake and have never had a problem. Our community is pretty good about e-mailing everyone when a gator has been spotted, we are supposed to call the gator line. A gator was spotted a few weeks ago on one of the lakes and there haven't been any issues. We just don't walk our dog out back or let our kid run into the lake like some of our idiot neighbors that let their kids and dogs run in the tall reeds in the lake, that is just looking for trouble. The neighbors are also pretty good about discussing what animal they have seen and where, we send each other texts of snake sightings too.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach, FL & Napa, CA
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Alligators are one thing, but another threat a lot of people don't realize is how many Bull Sharks are in the freshwater lakes, rivers and canals throughout the state. Anything that dumps into the ocean or intracoastal can provide easy access for Bull Sharks as long as there is no lock to stop them from proceeding, floods often allow them to get by the locks and a dead Bull Shark was found beached in Lake O years back. Some believe they are in there as well.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:41 PM
 
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Ok, we discussed the alligator situation. As a New Yorker who is consider moving south, just what's the scoop on the snake situation? Any other nasty critters to watch out for?
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Boynton Beach / Great Neck NY
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Ok, we discussed the alligator situation. As a New Yorker who is consider moving south, just what's the scoop on the snake situation? Any other nasty critters to watch out for?
I think that the amount of wildlife you're going to see in South Florida is very dependent upon where in South Florida you plan on living. If you plan on living in the Acreage, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, etc. you're going to see a lot more wildlife than say if you live on St. Andrews in Boca Raton.

A very common misconception of Florida is that it's full of alligators, snakes, and bugs *AND* that you can't escape these things. I've been here over 20 years and have seen very few alligators and no random alligators running around the neighborhood. Same goes for snakes.

Seriously, your chances of winning the Florida lottery or being hit by lightning are much greater than ever having a problem with an alligator or snake. Unless of course, you are into stupid things like swimming in lakes.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Jupiter
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Default todays news!!!!!

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Ok, we discussed the alligator situation. As a New Yorker who is consider moving south, just what's the scoop on the snake situation? Any other nasty critters to watch out for?
Well as far as the gators go...on today's news there was a 5 or 7 foot one walking around in Miami...in a residential neighborhood....
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