Thursday, August 30, 2007

Only in Louisiana

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.

14 comments:

chesneygirl said...

Ew, that's creepy!
I can't even imagine.
We don't have them there scary creatures up here in the north!

Neat facts tho! :)

Toes in the sand said...

I would have passed clear out. UGH!

Laurie said...

If you're ever near Breaux Bridge, you should take the kids to Lake Martin. It's a natural habitat for alligators; you can drive down a dirt road for about two miles and see TONS of alligators!

Another fun alligator fact: the length of an alligator's snout in inches directly corresponds to it's length in feet from snout to tail.

Greta said...

WOW so did it eat the dog?

martie said...

S.C.A.R.Y - please keep them down there!!!!

beki said...

It used to freak me out when an alligator would swim by the house, especially considering I would swim in that same water!

Melody said...

Ok, that just blows my mind. We have crocs in South Africa and they are responsible for more deaths than any other animal (except possibly our hippos!!) So the whole alligator thing freaks me. I would move!!!

Latharia said...

Alligators ARE cool ... but I don't know if I'd want to be THAT close! LOL!

Anne said...

That is just COOL!! I wish Lily could see one of them in real life; she is scared to death of them!

Cheryl Wray said...

Oh boy...he looks like a meanie!!!
I read something yesterday about someone catching a record alligator over the weekend. Somewhere down your way!

Sarah said...

I would have been scared out of my mind!!! Cool pictures though. He didn't get the dog, did he?

DaniGirl said...

Sheesh, and I thought having moose and bears around was kind of scary!!

Krisco said...

I hope John doesn't get baby-sat THERE!!!

Cindy N. said...

Please tell me that gator didn't get the dog. That upsets me Renee!

We need to do lunch the week of Oct 1st. Let me know when you are available. The only day I won't be able to go is that Wednesday the 3rd.