American Alligator

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7 thoughts on “American Alligator

  1. SnapperTrx

    One of my favorite animals, I based the main character of my table-top game on a mutant alligator. Long story. Short story is, I like alligators.

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    1. matt Post author

      They’re not typically very active in the winter/spring (for some strange reason, right?) But this guy was enjoying the sun while his two buddies swam around. Since we don’t get to see them out of the water much, we spent quite a bit more time than we usually do watching them. I kept hoping he’d open his mouth wider, but no such luck.

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      1. SnapperTrx

        The rows and rows of teeth are both amazing and amazingly frightening. While in the hospital I watched quite a bit of Animal Planet – the ‘death roll’ of an alligator or crocodile is brutal, literally ripping limbs off in a matter of seconds. If a large wildebeest comes apart that quickly, I shudder to imaging how quickly your average person would fall to pieces (morbid, yes, but that’s where my mind goes).

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        1. matt Post author

          Indeed… they don’t look particularly frightening just sitting there; but I wouldn’t want to go head to head with one. I was sort of impressed with how white his claws and teeth were.

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          1. SnapperTrx

            Recently my wife has taken to giving our newest pet, a husky pup, a hoof, purchased from the pet store. She will gnaw on that thing for hours and it sounds horrible, like her teeth should be breaking, but no such thing has happened. If the teeth on that gator are as tough as the ones on the dog that makes them all the more frightening. I know they come out often with eating (alligators) and they grow back quickly. I didn’t know their claws were white, I always figured they were black. Interesting.

          2. matt Post author

            While Roger Moore is probably my least favorite bond, I always remember the line from Live and Let Die when the bad guy’s henchman leaves Bond among the crocs. He says “There are two ways to disable a croc… the second is twice as easy. You just put your hand in his mouth, and pull his teeth out.”

            Personally, I don’t want to try that.

          3. SnapperTrx

            Ah, don’t get me started on Bond. I keep forgetting to raid the stash of old Laserdisc movies at the thrift shop in Ventura. Someone dumped what looks like every Bond movie in there. I just need a LD player…..

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