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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Look what the rain brought in






pair of shoes. or a handbag.

Lil’ baby gator, about 2 feet long. I cannot co-exist peacefully with an alligator in my pond.

Okay, so he’s not quite big enough to make a handbag. Maybe a fancy iPhone case.

46 Responses to “Look what the rain brought in”

  1. But baby alligators are so cute! just don’t feed them….. maybe they stay small ;-)

  2. Bigbearswife — 8/10/11 @ 9:30 am

    oh my gosh.. baby gator!

  3. Sandra — 8/10/11 @ 9:32 am

    That would freak me out!!! I agree with Silvia, don’t feed him. Have you seen Lake Placid? LOL

    Good luck with that alligator. I would love to hear more stories/see more pictures.

  4. Wendy W. — 8/10/11 @ 9:33 am

    Because my son is addicted to “Swamp People”, the first thing that entered my mind was “Chootim! Chootim!”

  5. Ben — 8/10/11 @ 9:35 am

    sell it to Zagg and they can make you a Zagg skin for your iPhone

  6. davidfbfla — 8/10/11 @ 9:43 am

    Make s-u-r-e your boys do not secretly feed him. Or he WILL E-A-T THEM!!!!

  7. Lela — 8/10/11 @ 9:48 am

    I live in FL, there is a saying that Gator’s are like roaches, if you have one you see you have more that you don’t.

  8. Kathleen — 8/10/11 @ 9:50 am


  9. Kim in MD — 8/10/11 @ 9:55 am

    Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water (now that you’ve moved)! You need to hire someone to trap him and get him out of there…fast! :-)

  10. Rhonda — 8/10/11 @ 10:03 am

    I live in Central Florida… am a sixth generation Floridian, where there is a little one, there is a big one. Don’t get between the little one and the big one… they are mean Mommas. Call a trapper, soon…

  11. Cheryl — 8/10/11 @ 10:27 am

    Start practicing your recipe for gator tail. mmmmm

  12. Bev Weidner — 8/10/11 @ 10:48 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. No. Thanks.

  13. Rachel — 8/10/11 @ 10:59 am

    wow… uhmm… better you than me. I’ll stick with the spiders and other nasty bugs over that sucker anyday.

  14. Randi — 8/10/11 @ 11:02 am


  15. When I read the title I knew what it was. Yes the perils of being near any inland water in Florida! My favorite is the sign posted at the lake in Oscar Scherer State Park. ;) Alligators! Swim with caution!…and you see kids swimming with parents right there with them or sitting on the beach! :o

  16. Jamie — 8/10/11 @ 11:44 am

    baby gator = mama gator? I could not handle wondering and worrying about that!

  17. Cristina — 8/10/11 @ 12:39 pm

    He’s so cute! Can you call animal control and have them take him back to where he came from/his natural habitat?

  18. Mrs Smith — 8/10/11 @ 12:42 pm

    Awww, don’t get rid of him! Chances are he will leave you alone if you leave him alone! Good luck!!

  19. Ahhhhh!!!

  20. Rich Hoback — 8/10/11 @ 10:10 pm

    Have you thought about whipering in it’s ear “Did you hear that they were having tryouts for the role of Handbag?”

  21. Gators are like pests – seasonal and available all year round, in Florida :) Stay safe.

  22. Lynne — 8/11/11 @ 2:23 am

    Where on earth did it come from :-0

  23. Maryann — 8/11/11 @ 10:18 am

    We have had some heavy rains on the west coast of Florida in the past week. This is not uncommon for a gator to show up in waters they did not start out in. A few years ago, after 4-5 days of heavy rain, a 5 footer swam past our dock, in salt water. Call a professional to have it removed as Mama may very well be around and pissed off.

  24. Michelle — 8/11/11 @ 10:36 am

    Uh – oh. Are gators like bears in that the mama is never far from the baby? Eeek!

  25. Carter — 8/11/11 @ 10:39 am

    And he’s hope’n you start eat’n more fried fast food and watch alot of TV!!!

  26. annelies — 8/11/11 @ 4:06 pm

    Um, yeah. I’m with you on that being the kind of critter that would not make a good neighbor…

  27. And I thought the skunks we have in our yard are a problem!

  28. Lynne — 8/11/11 @ 8:05 pm

    I’m from New Zealand so please excuse my ignorance, but How!!?? Do they just wander from their own ponds until they find another one? Do the ponds connect by little waterways when it rains and they kinda follow the flow? I am so intrigued by this.

  29. Shirley — 8/12/11 @ 9:24 am

    Funny thing, Cristina. Jaden’s pond IS his natural habitat.
    Yep, she needs a trapper allright!

  30. Chris — 8/12/11 @ 2:53 pm

    I see it now…you are going to become like Betty White’s character in “Lake Placid” ;)

  31. razzle — 8/13/11 @ 3:15 am

    Oh. Ummm… is your next post going to be florida style gator steaks? Okay. Maybe not. Where’s momma gator?

  32. Amanda — 8/13/11 @ 1:02 pm


  33. KCatGU — 8/15/11 @ 12:45 pm

    I’m from AZ so gator are something I don’t know about, but I did have a Q. Are there no small species of gators? Are all gators inland Florida one type? I mean I know there are small adult sharks, this is what prompted my question. Stay safe.

    • SteamyKitchen — 8/15/11 @ 10:24 pm

      Yeah, we call ‘em geckos :-)

      Just kidding. I’ve never seen small species of gators, just baby and adult. And they are MEAN!

  34. Murasaki Shikibu — 8/16/11 @ 7:40 am

    Don’t fall into that pond!

  35. Tammy — 8/16/11 @ 10:42 am

    oh too funny…an iphone case! i like that. don’t get me wrong i LOVE animals…BUT we all know that baby gators turn into adult gators soon enough. hope you figure out what to do. thanks again for sharing your life with us! love all you have to offer and keeping it real!

  36. Susan — 8/16/11 @ 2:11 pm

    Wow — I guess if it means there’s a mother gator nearby you will want to get rid of it quick. You sure don’t want your adorable sons to be messing with this wildlife — or the dog either for that matter. Good luck with your new “fashion addition”!

  37. Debbie Burgo — 8/16/11 @ 4:40 pm

    He is cute but I would not leave him in the pond, especially with your son around. I would call animal control for relocation and sighting of more gators around. Stay Safe!

  38. bren — 8/16/11 @ 6:45 pm

    Seeing that Gator puts me in mind of a summer in my life about 50 years ago. My parents babysat a baby gator for a friend. We kept it in a extra bathtub and fed it bologna and hamburger… had to push it down it’s throat with the eraser end of a pencil. It grew quickly. After they returned they put it in the showcase of a Restaurant Window to draw in customers; the sun cooked it… so sad. Perhaps if you call a Wildlife and Game Preserve they can come pick it up, or at the least give you a referral. *smile

  39. Rachel Smith — 8/16/11 @ 8:05 pm

    I’m with you girl. He’s big enough to make a couple of belts though.

  40. Heidi — 8/18/11 @ 8:51 am

    Hope you guys are enjoying the new home! I dont miss all that yard work! The gators never worried me…now the rattlesnakes did! We had a 5 foot one out front and a few smaller ones out back!

  41. Stu — 8/20/11 @ 4:27 pm

    Gators are protected and can’t be messed with except by permit. I helped hunt them in the late 50’s (before the Endangered Species Act) and a 2-footer isn’t enough to do anything with … hide-wise. At least 5 feet or better before the hide is really useable. In south Georgia (Okeefenokee swamp area) they were all over, so you just keep your eyes open. Unless you come up on Mama when the nest is incubating (and they don’t put them where they are easy to find generally), you’ve got little concern about attacks. But do keep small dogs or other pets away from the water’s edge. Children 5 or better are fine. But Froo-Froo the toy poodle is gator hors d’ouvres. Geaux Gators!

  42. Alexandra — 8/21/11 @ 4:00 am

    Oh my God! I became so worried as if I found it in my bathtub. Get rid of it and stay safe!

  43. dhanes420 — 8/24/11 @ 1:26 pm

    Oh hell yeah! Another two years and it’s gator balls and blackened gator filets!

  44. Jee — 8/24/11 @ 11:25 pm

    They actually won’t harm you if you don’t try to scare/attack them first (I should know, I’m a gator, right?? ;)) – but I would call a trapper or someone who can deal with it soon if you don’t want the little guy in your pond.
    Oh, and make sure your boys don’t feed them cuz once they start feeding them the gators will want to come near them even though they don’t have food. Gators that have been exposed to people (other than professionals) that give them food actually become less scared of people and need to be killed. This is one of the top reasons there are huge fines in public lakes if you feed them. (Of course, having lived in Florida a while you probably know all this…) Just a cautionary heads up. Be safe!! :)

  45. pasta bake — 9/24/11 @ 10:00 pm

    All nature’s creatures join to express nature’s purpose. Somewhere in their mounting and mating, rutting and butting is the very secret of nature itself.

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