Mid-sized adult basking on floating vegetation mat.
Adult female with several young (~15-18") at pool & culvert of flooded field, 6-8 young seen being guarded. Mid-day.
On the northern pond on the Bittern Marsh Trail. I'm guessing he was about 5 feet long. I did not know there were alligators in that pond!
Seen at Shoveler Pond in Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.
The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), sometimes referred to colloquially as a gator or common alligator, is a large crocodilian reptile endemic to the southeastern United States. It is one of two living species in the genus Alligator within the family Alligatoridae; it is larger than the other extant alligator species, the Chinese alligator. Adult male American alligators measure 3.4 to 4.6 m (11 to 15 ft) in length, and can weigh 453 kg (999 lb). Females are smaller, measuring around...