Category Archives: Wildlife

The Alligators are Eating the Sharks!

gator-sharkWe have a lot of dangerous wildlife in Florida- there’s probably more things that can kill you here than anywhere but Australia! And when dangerous critters get together, there are winners and losers! A recent study was published in the Southeastern Journal documenting the frequency of alligators eating sharks. There had been some anecdotal evidence before, but the new research indicates it is much more common than realized. Sharks frequently come into brackish fresh water, and while alligators don’t live in saltwater, they can tolerate it. Naturally, when a larger predator comes into contact with a smaller critter, even if it’s also a predator, the smaller critter runs the risk of becoming lunch. I’m sure a large shark would make a meal of a smaller alligator, if given the chance. Gators certainly have learned that can make a meal out of sharks and rays!

bobcat sharkThey aren’t the only predators willing to go after sharks. A couple years ago, a man named John Bailey snapped a pic of a shark being fished out by a bobcat near Vero Beach. Like I said, there’s a lot of nasty critters in Florida!

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Giant Snake on Golf Course (Not Florida)

This huge Rock Python was seen crawling across a fairway on a course in South Africa. Piece of advice from a certified snake wrangler, don’t approach them if you don’t know what they are doing. (Rock Pythons are notoriously aggressive.) It’s a matter of time In factbefore we get footage like this of an invasive Burmese in Florida

 

In fact, a couple of guys recently tried this with a snake on the side of the road in Collier County a few weeks ago…

Florida’s Other Reptile Problem

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Iguana on Key Biscayne

The Burmese Pythons have gotten a lot of press lately, and we have seen Nile Monitor lizards in Cape Coral, and mean old Tegus on the east coast, but it tends to get forgotten that there are invasive iguanas established in many places on Florida. They are not dangerous to people or animals, so they don’t get much press, but they are ubiquitous in certain areas.

 

iguanas crandonThey can be a problem, from invading housing developments and weakening retaining walls, but also to native flora and fauna. For instance: “In the Florida Keys, iguanas ate up the host plant for the endangered Miami blue butterfly in Bahia Honda State Park. Nearly 600 iguanas have been removed from the park in the last two fiscal years, according to Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection, but the quarter-sized butterflies haven’t returned.”

And their presence was apparent at the Miami Open, where Tommy Haas snapped a selfie of one on a court!

The Mystery of the Orange Alligator

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An orange gator was sighted in South Carolina this week, and some people have dubbed it ‘Trump A-Gator‘. Those people are wrong… the gator is clearly a just a fan of the National Champion Clemson Tigers, who won the college football playoff this year. It’s obvious!

Nobody knows why the gator is orange, but it’s probably not natural. An orange gator was spotted in Florida a few years ago… perhaps its a rare color morph. More likely it was colored by something in the environment, such as iron oxide in the water or some orange paint (perhaps a few rambunctious college students got carried away.)

VIDEO: Gator Jumps in an Airboat!

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Tylor Hindery via facebook

Some tourists took an airboat tour in the Everglades, and probably thought they were pretty luck to pull right up next to an Alligator. They were streaming video live on Facebook when the tides turned. They probably reconsidered how lucky they were when the gator climbed into their boat. Fortunately, the Gator was able to get out and nobody was hurt!

It was clearly a harrowing experience for Tylor Hindery and the people he was with on the boat. But to get that on Facebook Live… priceless. via fox4now:

 

I have gone on several airboat tours, and they are a lot of fun.. until somebody gets eaten!

 

There May Be Another Jaguar in the U.S.

jaguar2Researchers recently snapped a photo of a Jaguar prowling the mountains near Tuscon, Arizona. We covered the reports from a while back that there appears to be a Jaguar permanently living in the U.S. The new photograph was east of that Jaguar’s usual location, so there is a question of whether it is a second Jaguar, or just the first one, known as ¬†El Jefe. Researchers do believe this Jag is a new one. El Jefe has not been sighted in AZ for some time.

What are we going to name the new one? I suggest Tony, for Jacksonville Jaguars legend Tony Boselli. Or maybe, Boselli.