A few years ago I was fortunate enough to visit the Everglades. It was an amazing experience and I would love to go there again one day, especially at the time we went which was in April. When we first arrived and started walking around we heard a very strange sound. It was almost like a loud chirping. At first we thought it may have been from the birds but after a while we started thinking these strange noises must have been coming from hundreds of frogs, and wondered if they were on steroids! Finally we were told that they were the mating calls of the Alligator. We saw dozens of them, it was incredible to see them in their natural habitat.
I'm having a hard time concentrating on this as Jack Hanna is on Letterman and they are showing the smallest micropod in the world, a baby Red Rock Wallaby and also a Red Kangaroo. Just found out a group of kangaroos is called a 'mob'. I think I may have known that before as it sounds familiar. Okay there's a commercial on I can continue about those other wonderful animals, the Alligator. Everywhere we walked when we looked in the water there they were and all the time those loud chirping calls echoed everywhere, which to a person who has never heard an Alligator before was mesmerizing.
Jack Hanna is back, he is now showing an Ardvark -fascinating but here I am trying to tell you about the Alligator. I'm lost, my attention has been drawn to the small lion cub on screen. He's growling, so cute! Now there's a Macaque eating a banana. Okay, all animals have gone, no more time so Letterman says, and they've said goodbye to Jack and all the beautiful animals and there's another commercial. I've lost all interest so I will continue with telling you about our friend the Alligator.
Scientists say that the species is more than 150 millions years old and managed to avoid extinction 65 millions years ago when their prehistoric contemporaries, the dinosaurs, died off. But then I have just read a comment by Eve at Sunny Side Up and she said not to buy into all dinosaurs dying off, just look up into the sky. That made me think - thanks Eve - so I found this website which says a lot of interesting things about the relationship between birds and dinosaurs. Isn't it great what we find out through the wonderful world of blogging?
American alligators reside nearly exclusively in the freshwater rivers, lakes, swamps, and marshes of the southeastern United States, primarily Florida and Louisiana. A bit ungainly out of water but are great swimmers. The males are between 10-15 feet (3 to 4.6 meters) in length and can weigh 1,000 pounds (453 kg). Females grow to a maximum of 9.8 feet (3 meters).
You can find out more about them here.