John M's babysitter lives on a bayou. Guess what they spotted yesterday?
One of these!
It was about 10 feet long and apparently hungry, b/c it went for a dog next door. I've always wondered if they saw gators in their yard b/c of the bayou being so close, but this is the first time she's actually told about one being close.
I have to admit, I think alligators are pretty cool. When Anna was little (about 3 or 4), alligators were her absolute favorite animal. The very first picture she painted at preschool was of an alligator.
I'll leave you with some Louisiana alligator facts:
Louisiana has the highest alligator population currently approaching 2 million.
Alligators were first harvested in Louisiana in great numbers in the early 1800's. These alligators were harvested for their skins which were used to make boots, shoes and saddles, and for their oil used to grease steam engines and cotton mills.
The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America. The first reptiles appeared 300 million years ago and ancestors of the American alligator appeared 160 million years ago.