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Florida Nature - Alligator Encounter

Alligators in Florida....

it is true, most people do not care for them. Alligators are probably some of the most unloved and maybe even misunderstood animals that we share our beautiful State of Florida with. 

Living in Florida, sooner or later you will encounter an alligator especially where there is fresh water like lakes, ponds, and rivers. You won't typically find alligators in saltwater so you can swim in the ocean without having to worry about them. 

 

Alligator Florida Nature Photo by Silvia Dukes

 

Alligators are definitely not the petting kind of animal so being a fearful of them is not a bad thing. Most of them are probably just as afraid of people as we are of them.

They are somewhat curious critters, too so they can become accustomed to people, lose their fear, and become a dangerous nuisance when people begin feeding them. Because of that it is against the law in Florida to feed alligators. 

Alligators are mysterious and fascinating creatures. They have survived millions of years and individuals can get 40 or more years old. They seem to be masters of disguise as well. The alligator in this photo was hiding his body well under water with just the nostrils and eyes visible above the surface and all without even the slightest ripple in the water. 

It is amazing to me that with all the development and the many subdivisions and golf courses in Florida, there is still room for an animal like the alligator to remind us of the wild Florida it once was. 

 

 

If you are interested in Florida living and would like to find out about homes in Brooksville, Spring Hill, or Hernando Beach, Florida  that are available for sale or  if you would like to know more information about marketing your Hernando County home for sale, please contact me by phone at 352-584-7441 or email.  

 

Entry in the 2017 ActiveRain Photo Contest:  Real Life - Animals

   

 

 For more information about Hernando County Homes and Land for sale including Spring Hill and the communities of Timber Pines, Glen Lakes Golf and Country Club, Silverthorn, and Hernando Beach , please call or visit my website!

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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate

Tropic Shores Realty, 3441 Deltona Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34606

Phone: 352-584-7441    Email: SilviaDFL@yahoo.com   Website:  www.SilviaDukes.com

 

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Comments

It is so important to respect and share the land with our wildlife.

Posted by Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County (Lubeck Realty Group) over 2 years ago

Good morning Sylvia. And, they like to move around. None in the pond today does not mean you won't have one tomorrow! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

Good morning Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES 

Thank you for sharing your information with us.

Hope you have a great day. 10/30/2017.

Posted by Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker (Harry Norman, REALTORS® ) over 2 years ago

Many people who have a bad encounter with them I would bet most likely caused the issue.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 2 years ago

Silvia, thinking I would be petrified of ponds and lakes, and would not go close.  Respect!   Great photo you captured!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 2 years ago

Good morning Silvia. This would have gotten my attention for sure. Great photo.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

Silvia he looks so lovable and cuddly ...... LOL

Glad we don't have them around here!

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

Yikes.  You got awfully close to this character.  Great photo.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 2 years ago

Silvia,

What a gorgeous shot you shared with us.  You are a very talented photographer.  Wishing you a great week.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 2 years ago

Hi Sylvia - That's a great gator photo - but I'd never want to get close to them - maybe a 1200 mm lens :  ) Thanks for another contest entry!

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 2 years ago

Silvia, this one looks so docile although I always have to remind my Northern friends of what great sprinters gators are, on land and in the water. 

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) over 2 years ago

Donald Urschalitz I agree, there should be enough room for all. 

Wayne Martin that is absolutely correct. 

Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM thank you for stopping by, hope you have a great day also!

 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

William Feela that is very true but most of the time the alligator gets the blame or suffers the consequences anyway.

Joan Cox it's a matter of staying vigilant and be aware of our surroundings. You definitely don't want to come too close to one of these. 

 

 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Sheila Anderson thank you, they are always interesting to watch from a distance!

George Souto lovable maybe, but I would not want to cuddle this one! :-)

Belinda Spillman it was the camera that brought him closer to me.

 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Ron and Alexandra Seigel thank you, I appreciate that and hope you have a great week as well!

Dick Greenberg I'm with you on that one, a long lens is what you want!

Kevin J. May you are so right, they can be quite fast even on their feet!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Silvia,

 Once when I was playing on a golf course in Florida there was an alligator on the green we skipped that hole!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 2 years ago

Scary shot!  Really good catch!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 2 years ago

Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert who can blame you for that! Gators like golf courses because of the ponds!

Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI thank you! I was scared I would drop my camera into the water!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

WOW! Another great shot by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES.

I LOVE IT!!! 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 2 years ago

Hi Silvia-We tell guests that visit that you have to assume that if there's fresh water around, there's a possibility of alligators in it. Great shot!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 2 years ago

Patricia Feager thank you, so glad you like it.

Kathy Streib yes, that is definitely true. People who come here from other areas are sometimes a little unsuspecting, you have to be a little observant. 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

It's ironic how every region has it's own critters that are familiar and common to the people who live there yet can pose a risk to people who are not familiar with the area....  

Posted by Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate, Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming (Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming) over 2 years ago

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