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Old 12-13-2009, 11:38 AM
 
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Default Are there alligators in North Carolina?

Sorry if this sounds ignorant, but I love what I see of NC in pics and when driving thru visiting relatives in Tennessee. I live in Florida and it worries me that there could be gators in the local lakes and ponds. I have 2 babies that I worry about them growing up out here. I am not a local floridian, so I have NO emotional ties to the state. I understand that now is not the time to move and never move without a job already in place. This is not something that is going to happen right now, or without all our bases covered and without making several trips and really investigating life. Part of getting a feel is by writing in here = )
Ok have more 2 type but baby crying!
Thanks for any information.
Jess
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:46 AM
 
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Sorry if this sounds ignorant, but I love what I see of NC in pics and when driving thru visiting relatives in Tennessee. I live in Florida and it worries me that there could be gators in the local lakes and ponds. I have 2 babies that I worry about them growing up out here. I am not a local floridian, so I have NO emotional ties to the state. I understand that now is not the time to move and never move without a job already in place. This is not something that is going to happen right now, or without all our bases covered and without making several trips and really investigating life. Part of getting a feel is by writing in here = )
Ok have more 2 type but baby crying!
Thanks for any information.
Jess
There are gators in NC, but certainly not in the mountains, lol.

Most coastal areas from Virginia to Texas will have aligators in the marshy areas. I'd be much more concerned if I lived in Florida than NC though.
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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Sorry if this sounds ignorant, but I love what I see of NC in pics and when driving thru visiting relatives in Tennessee. I live in Florida and it worries me that there could be gators in the local lakes and ponds. I have 2 babies that I worry about them growing up out here. I am not a local floridian, so I have NO emotional ties to the state. I understand that now is not the time to move and never move without a job already in place. This is not something that is going to happen right now, or without all our bases covered and without making several trips and really investigating life. Part of getting a feel is by writing in here = )
Ok have more 2 type but baby crying!
Thanks for any information.
Jess
Here you go.

French Broad River Alligator!

[SIZE=4]Alligator Sighting on the French Broad River, Brevard, NC 7/26/06 [/SIZE]
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Old 12-13-2009, 05:19 PM
 
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There are gators down east. The White Oak river, for example, or around Bald Head Island. And of course the Alligator River.
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Old 12-13-2009, 06:26 PM
 
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No, but we have bears and coyotes! I once had a 'gator stalk my 2 yr old daughter as she walked up and down a levee at Loxahatchee near Palm Beach. We were bass fishing and kept a very close eye on both of them!!
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:47 PM
 
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Thank you so much. That is what I love about CD forum. Always people willing to take time to help you with some answers or advice. I guess you can't escape every kind of creature. Everywhere has something!
So for the most part it sounds as if Gators shouldn't be in the mountain areas, unless of course brought there by someone. I guess we will just not be doing any swimming in lakes or ponds or rivers = )
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:11 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Thank you so much. That is what I love about CD forum. Always people willing to take time to help you with some answers or advice. I guess you can't escape every kind of creature. Everywhere has something!
So for the most part it sounds as if Gators shouldn't be in the mountain areas, unless of course brought there by someone. I guess we will just not be doing any swimming in lakes or ponds or rivers = )
no your biggest fear there would be snakes. becareful around rocks
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Oveeder, FL
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No, but we have bears and coyotes! I once had a 'gator stalk my 2 yr old daughter as she walked up and down a levee at Loxahatchee near Palm Beach. We were bass fishing and kept a very close eye on both of them!!

You from Loxahatchee???
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Oveeder, FL
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Thank you so much. That is what I love about CD forum. Always people willing to take time to help you with some answers or advice. I guess you can't escape every kind of creature. Everywhere has something!
So for the most part it sounds as if Gators shouldn't be in the mountain areas, unless of course brought there by someone. I guess we will just not be doing any swimming in lakes or ponds or rivers = )

You'll be fine. I live in FL. Western NC doesnt have any gators in it's rivers or streams.

The article above I have to question (regarding the gator in the French Broad River). That's VERY RARE, if even true.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: The Southern Apps of North Carolina
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You from Loxahatchee???
No, I was born in Jacksonville, grew up in Miami, spent my married life in Broward. All of Florida was my backyard for over 35 years. After my husband died, I lived in the Live Oak/Lake City area for almost 5 years before I moved here, ten years ago this year!

No eight foot 'gators in the pond here!

Blessings!
Tracey
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