Monday, May 23, 2016

American Alligator

One thing you have to remember, while walking in the Florida Panhandle’s St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, is to watch your step. Total absorption in birds and dragonflies is not advised.

According to Wikipedia, “As humans encroach into their habitat, attacks are few but not unknown. Alligators, unlike the large crocodiles, do not immediately regard a human upon encounter as prey, but may still attack in self-defense if provoked.”  This source also assures us that feeding alligators in Florida is illegal. In 2010, the Archbishop of New Orleans ruled that, for catholics, alligator meat is considered to be fish. See my previous alligator post for a few more tidbits of information on these reptiles.

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