Alligators – It’s That Time of Year

Alligators in Pittsburgh?

A couple of small gators turned up in Pittsburgh of all places. Where Will They Go? The Fate Of Pittsburgh’s Recently Discovered Alligators.

First came Frankie off the shoreline of the Mon River on the Southside. Then came Chomp the Magic Gator (names given by Humane employees) in all his five feet of glory from Beechview. Then came the call to Humane Animal Rescue’s Sarah Shively on Saturday night.

The latest one is small. Couple of feet. (As yet, he remains unnamed.) The video is entertaining if not particularly informative. (State of the news media today.)

And why is the London media so enthralled with gators? Amazon worker returns from a night shift to find 6ft long alligator blocking the doorway to his Florida home.

‘When you get home from a 10 hour overnight shift at 6am to find THIS sitting on your doorstep,’ he wrote, alongside the hashtags #floridalife and #floridapets.

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What Would You Do If You Found a Gator in Your Kitchen?

And I don’t mean a member of The University of Florida football team. Yikes! 11-Foot Alligator Breaks Into Florida Home.

An 11 foot gator broke through a window and got into the kitchen of a house in Clearwater.

The homeowner says it went straight for the wine and broke several bottles.

Another photo shows the mess it made in the kitchen, after knocking over a table and chairs.

The photos are good.

Other alligators in Florida news… May 31st one was outside a Venice, FL drugstore. May 23rd Collier County police had one in the road which needed removal. May 3rd there was a gator interfering with mail deliver in Winter Gardens. Lastly, there is video of a gator out for a stroll in Fort Meyers on April 12th.

Snake Bites Florida Man

Is this another reason to stay out of the sunshine state? Maybe. Snake slithers out of toilet, bites Florida man on arm.

Coral Springs police spokesman Chris Swinson said the man was treated at the scene after the 4-foot (1.2-meter) snake bit him when he lifted the toilet seat on Sunday morning. The snake is nonvenomous

Definitely Peak Florida.

Throwing Rocks or Throwing Lead? Which Would You Want to Do?

When a mountain lion attacks, that is. Mountain Lion Killed After Boy, 4, Attacked on San Diego Hiking Trail

While the rest of the group dispersed, the father “threw rocks and the animal left the scene.”

But this is California, where everyone is too civilized (domesticated?) to carry a firearm, even when hiking in the wilderness. If could have been so much worse.

The boy was, “Extremely lucky, I mean an 80-pound lion could really did some damage and luckily the dad was there and fended off the animal,” [ SDFD Battalion Chief Rick Ballard] said.

You are only an apex predator, when you are armed. Though our ability to throw accurately is where is all started.

Gators in the Swimming Pool Aren’t New

A gator on a gator-pool-float, on the other hand… Alligator relaxes on alligator-shaped pool float in South Miami.

In addition to the photo in the linked tweet (below), there is photo montage of pictures from the end of the 2018 alligator hunt at the linked article above. I’m not sure why it is included, except that alligators cry out for more alligators, and the gator in the pool is on the small side.

Alligators in the News

It’s the time of year that gators are on the move.

Video of a 9-foot gator being captured in Florida. ‘Massive’ Florida alligator does ‘death roll’ during ‘wrestling match’ with officers near school bus stop.

Gators moving north? (I blame Global Warming.) Heavy rain and floods send a 9-foot alligator fleeing into Arkansas farmland.

But after rainstorms in Missouri and Iowa caused nearby rivers to rise, a family in Northeast Arkansas stumbled upon a 9-foot alligator far from its natural habitat — in their rice field.

They weren’t able to catch it, and it escaped into a wooded area.

Louisiana gets in on the gator act. YIKES: Alligator spotted on the beach in Grand Isle.

And a relatively small gator in Texas. Gator ‘rescued’ from train tracks in Texas town.

Does an Alligator Count as Peak Florida?

Only because everyone from the local news to the British Press are talking about it. ‘It was really scary.’ Florida woman finds an alligator peering into her front window.

There is a short video clip of the alligator looking in. I haven’t seen video of it “banging on the window” as is said in virtually every article I’ve read.

The British are really hung up on alligators today. I’m not sure why that is. (Maybe they feel deprived, being crocodilian-free.)

As SiGraybeard pointed out

The alligator has the right of way If the alligator comes to your door, don’t open the door. If you’re not sure, and you don’t see anyone through a peephole, a security camera or something else, ignore the knock and listen for sounds of scratching or clawing..

Given there are RULES covering this, it probably happens more often than you think.

Don’t like alligators? Don’t go to Florida. (Or Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama or Texas.) Or at least stay out of the fresh water. And the brackish water. Crocodiles might be in the saltwater (mostly in The Everglades) and there are also sharks in the saltwater.