With our warmer weather comes Alligator mating season.
While we do see them during our winter, it's usually mid-morning after the sun has come out and it is warmer. They're definitely not as active as they are now.
While always vigilant for these ancient reptiles, boaters and anyone near water are more aware of their presence during mating season. Homeowners keep watch over their small dogs, who can be but an appetizer for alligators.
If you're alert, you can hear the male alligator as it bellows to attract a mate. And, if you're lucky you can watch as they raise their head and tail as part of their "dance"... this is really a infrasound call to possible mates.
A few weeks ago we all watched as an alligator decided to have some turtle soup.
We all watched for several minutes, and of course, we had to let Mother Nature play out.
I did manage to get some of it on video and I apologize for the shakiness....
it was hard trying to watch and film at the same time!