"A" Is For Alligator
For this year's report, I am organizing around the kind of creatures observed.
My first significant herp observation upon arriving at the Forest was a young Alligator, about three feet in length, which
patiently posed on the bank of a roadside ditch.
Throughout the weekend, we saw many gators. Last year, I saw some very young gators, probably hatched the preceding year.
This year we saw some really small, newborn gators. First, we saw a group of about six babies in a wetland pool located within
a powerline right-of-way. The mother hovered in a larger, connected pool about a hundred feet away. These little gators showed
little more than their heads and, occasionally, tails.