Brent calls his photo “Guardian of the Swamp“: ”I was just 7 feet away from this alligator in Louisiana three weeks ago! Henderson Lake is where many weekend fishermen come to catch largemouth bass, white crappie, bluegill and many other species. While they are fishing, it is not unusual to see alligators swimming next to their boats trying to snag a quick meal. This was the biggest gator that I saw. He was a 10 footer trying to warm himself in the morning sun. The weather was beautiful – about 20 degrees … but not that warm if you are a cold blooded reptile”.
DID YOU KNOW? Brent is right on the money. Alligators are cold blooded and gain body heat by basking in the sun. A gator’s tail is half the whole body length & is invaluable! It is used as a weapon, is used to make gator holes (pools of water during the dry seasons), is used as a propellor in the water, and stores fat that the alligator needs during the winter. An alligator’s uses its jaws and teeth to catch prey and with one snap, can crush through bones or a turtle shell. But the alligator cannot chew its food – it swallows its prey whole.
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