Temp was in mid-50s. We came to this site specifically to see alligators, and glad we did -- this was the only individual we saw on this SC trip.
Found at a small pond on the path leading to Alligator Pond @ Laguna Atascosa.
Everglades Holiday Park
Individual basking on vegetation covered mudbank, balmy December day. Est. at 2m total length
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...