You know what I love about the low country? It’s not just the smell of the tide going out and beautiful sunsets over the marshland. It’s not only the bike rental office convincing young women that helmets aren’t cool. (No helmet laws. NONE.) It isn’t even the welcoming bumper sticker, ‘Close The Whitehouse Not Gitmo,’ greeting my ‘Obama 08’ & ‘Denounce Torture‘ stickers.
I love that this guy has been chilling in the fountain near our vacation condo. For the past three days.
And he may not be as cute as the PunditMom’s panda, but I am VERY pleased he is not sitting in my lap. I named him Joe.
Some cool alligator facts. Because I roll like a nerd, nerdy-style holla!
- The largest recorded American alligator was 19 feet in length.
- Alligators and their relatives are the last of the living reptiles that were closely related to dinosaurs.
- Alligators and crocodiles are related. But alligators have rounded snouts; most crocodile species have longer, pointed snouts. Also, crocodiles occur only in tropical and subtropical areas (only south Florida in the United States). Alligators, on the other hand, live in somewhat colder climates.
- Alligators have a strong homing instinct and sometimes will protect their “territory” from other alligators.
This guy has the best territory in the area. I’d be protective, too. So I was NOT the parent inching my children down the embankment to take a picture with Joe. My kids might look like humans to me, but they both have fairly impressive dinosaur impressions (a T-Rex and a Pterodactyl to be exact), which may bring back some sad and angry memories for Joe. So we stayed on the concrete side of Joe’s home. And took safe pictures. And lived.