Thursday, April 15, 2010
Please Don’t Feed the Alligators!
Most days I go for a 2-mile walk that takes me between a couple of lakes, around a very nice apartment complex, and then back to my neighborhood. Since this is Florida, we have all kinds of cool critters in the lake, including dorky looking Florida birds, turtles, fish, and alligators.
There’s a sign by each lake saying “Do not feed the alligators,” and it’s there for a reason. Alligators can’t be tamed, and when people feed them, they associate people with food, which makes them more dangerous.
Most days, I may see dozens of birds, a turtle or two, and an alligator’s snout as it floats in the lake. Today I was blessed with a sighting of an alligator taking a break on the bank. Fortunately, I’ve been bringing my camera, just in case I saw one, so I snapped a quick picture before he slithered back into the water. I’m not afraid of alligators as long as they are at least 20 feet away.