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Old 04-25-2010, 08:31 AM
 
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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.

It's one of two things, they are either trying to see them from their couch OR they are not stopping to smell the flowers(or see the gators). I've been in parks with people who are walking nature trails and overhead their conversations about never seeing snakes or gators and have stopped them and been able to point out one of each within 5mins of the conversation with them. They were amazed! People are so busy they don't stop and take in what is around them. They are walking right by life of all kinds! lol
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Old 04-25-2010, 08:49 AM
 
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It's one of two things, they are either trying to see them from their couch OR they are not stopping to smell the flowers(or see the gators). I've been in parks with people who are walking nature trails and overhead their conversations about never seeing snakes or gators and have stopped them and been able to point out one of each within 5mins of the conversation with them. They were amazed! People are so busy they don't stop and take in what is around them. They are walking right by life of all kinds! lol

I really think this is the case. It's too bad people miss so much!
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:09 AM
 
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I haven't seen this mentioned, but within an hour or so of tamps is: Welcome to Gatorland, the Alligator Capital of the World and Orlando's Best Half Day Attraction!

You can see them and learn about them. They also have a special for Fla. residents through the beginning of May.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:18 AM
 
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I haven't seen this mentioned, but within an hour or so of tamps is: Welcome to Gatorland, the Alligator Capital of the World and Orlando's Best Half Day Attraction!

You can see them and learn about them. They also have a special for Fla. residents through the beginning of May.

I have been there, YEARS ago, simply because I was curious what the place was like. I wasn't impressed. I hope it has improved, but you don't need to pay to see them. They are everywhere. As far as education on them, maybe it is worth the trip but I just can't justify the cost based on my visit. Has it improved? Did you visit recently? Was it worth your time and money now?
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Old 04-25-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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I have been there, YEARS ago, simply because I was curious what the place was like. I wasn't impressed. I hope it has improved, but you don't need to pay to see them. They are everywhere. As far as education on them, maybe it is worth the trip but I just can't justify the cost based on my visit. Has it improved? Did you visit recently? Was it worth your time and money now?
I have not gone, but have heard some positive reports.

I do agree with others who have talked about Lettuce Lake park. When we go we almost always see a gator.
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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I have not gone, but have heard some positive reports.

I do agree with others who have talked about Lettuce Lake park. When we go we almost always see a gator.

Yes, Lettuce Lake is a sure fire bet for Gators and Snakes (and turtles too)
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:45 AM
 
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There are gators in the lakes across from the old Tampa Bay mall in the office complex. You could hear them in mating season. One time one got confused and ended up on the steps of a building. They also would sun themselves on the side of the lake.

Be careful especially at dawn and dusk around lakes. There have been many alligator attacks especially if you have a dog with you.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:21 PM
 
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CHECK IT OUT!! Large Alligator is the unexpected front door guest this morning in Clearwater...
Video | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times and tbt*
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