Yes, Alligators Can Climb Fences

And just a reminder that they can (and do) climb fences. Alligator climbs fence in Florida. Especially if they are low. (Hat tip to It Ain’t Holy Water.)

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Nature Doesn’t Care How You Feel

Hard to be surprised about this. Florida Woman Says Large Alligator Ate Her 100-Pound Dog.

Robinson says she took her dog off his leash to sit on a bench and the dog was running in and out of the water when the gator snatched it.

SiGraybeard said it best.

  1. Keep your pets away from the water, especially small white dogs or cats. [snip]
  2. Don’t go swimming if you know there are gators in the water. Corollary: if your map says “Florida” on it, and you’re in fresh water, there are gators in there. If it’s brackish or saltwater, there might be crocodiles with you.

Another story on the gator/dog incident says the gator was “removed.” Not sure if that’s a euphemism for killed or not. The gator was 11 feet 3 inches long and weighed in at 400 pounds, according to the trapper.

(And at the link to SiGraybeard is an image of a pamphlet sent out by the State of Florida on dealing with gators.)

Alligators in the News

Gators in Miami. Gators in the Midwest. Lots of gators in the news lately.

The alligator that made headlines in Chicago a few weeks back was captured and sent to Florida. Alligator found in Humboldt Park Lagoon gets full health exam at University of Florida.

Veterinarians said the gator, nicknamed “Chance the Snapper” by Chicagoans, seemed to be in good health after his exam, but they won’t know for sure until his blood work comes back from review.

Another gator in the Midwest – this one in Michigan. Michigan man fatally shoots alligator that lunged at him on rural property.

According to the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office, the alligator escaped from a fenced enclosure at a nearby property where an exotic animal rescue was operating, WSBT reported.

And a “rumor” of a gator in Oklahoma. Is there an alligator in Lake Thunderbird?.

Facebook user Jackie Dawson shared an image that she said her niece took of an alligator in Lake Thunderbird.

Keith Thomas, Fisheries Biologist for Lake Thunderbird said there is nothing official on the supposed sighting right now, but the game warden and state park officials are looking into it.

A 9-foot gator in Miami isn’t usually news. Alligator spotted in SW Miami-Dade leaves community concerned.

A witness spotted the 9-foot gator in the area of Southwest 57th Avenue and 34th Street at around 6:30 a.m. while he was on his way to work.

And another 9-foot gator in Coral Gables. Giant Alligator Captured After It Takes Stroll Down Coral Gables Sidewalk. (And 9 feet really doesn’t qualify as “giant.”)

Video of the gator, which is about 9-feet long, was first posted on the social media site @OnlyInDade.

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.

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.

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.

Springtime in Florida Means Alligators

Or the usual. Plus a bonus story in which a Brit admits he and his family completely ignore the reality of alligators in Florida. And are lucky no one died. (And it isn’t like the gators go away in summer, fall, or winter.) Oh, and don’t go swimming in random bits of fresh water in Florida.

That 3-foot fence is not going to keep the gators out of the pool. 9-foot alligator found in Florida family’s swimming pool.

Everybody wants to hang out at the house with the swimming pool.

And the Daily Mail (which loves to cover alligators in Florida) has pictures and video of the 9ft “monster.”

A slightly smaller gator busted through a screen onto an screened in patio. Florida family surprised by alligator at 2 a.m..

Turns out an alligator measuring about 8 feet long had torn through the family’s lanai screen and was camped out on the back porch, according to the Fort Myers Police Department.

Don’t EVER Get in the water in Florida Everglades. EVER. EastEnders star Jake Wood reveals his wife was almost KILLED by an alligator during family holiday in Florida… leaving his children ‘scarred for life’. (Also the Daily Mail.)

The star said it was only when they returned to the boat hire shop and told their story to a staff member – who said they would never go into the water due to the ‘man-eater’ alligators – that they realised how lucky Alison had been.

Darwin missed out on that one. (And Godzilla gets the nod on the facepalm, because reptile.)

To quote SiGraybeard

Don’t go swimming if you know there are gators in the water. Corollary: if your map says “Florida” on it, and you’re in fresh water, there are gators in there. If it’s brackish or saltwater, there might be crocodiles with you.

And the Everglade are a “nature preserve” where gators – and other predators – thrive.