Swamp Island Drive – Baby Gator

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Those who know me well know that I am a Gator fan. Not just the Gators affiliated with the University of Florida, but also a big fan of Alligator mississippiensis, or the American Alligator.

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have been to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and for some reason only managed to see 1 alligator.

ONE.

Imagine my delight as I drive down Swamp Island Drive at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and I see this beautiful animal laying along the side of the road. I could have sat there and easily taken 10,000 pictures of this one gator alone.

This gator was only a baby, maybe a year old and about 2.5-3 feet long.

Note: The last few pictures where the gator seems to be circling around… yes… it was circling around right towards me. Yes… I got out of SwampRat (my Jeep Wrangler).

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