Everglades National Park

American Alligator


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Patience paid off with this alligator shot. After a wait of nearly an hour this large (12'+) predator lunged forward about ten feet to snap up a big dinner for itself. Alligators, like all reptiles, are cold blooded. This means they have no mechanism for regulating their internal body temperature and take on a temperature determined by their environment. After the long cool night their body temperature drops, slowing their metabolism and causing them to move sluggishly. However, after spending a day basking in the sun an alligator can move with surprising speed!