I’ve been in Florida this week attending a few work meetings and drove from one side of Florida to the other along a road nicknamed Alligator Alley. I didn’t know this piece of Florida trivia on my first trip on the highway, but this morning, my friend who lived in Florida for a long time told me the lagoons are home to alligators, which is how it got its name.
So, on my drive back to the airport today, I stopped and enjoyed the sunshine and pretty views – and was very excited to see one alligator, one baby alligator, and one crocodile (according to the other tourist who informed me that he could tell it was a crocodile and not an alligator because it had a “long pointy nose”). FYI: according to my google research which landed on a Science Kids article, a croc has a V shaped head and an alligator has a U shaped head. No matter the distinction, I find these reptiles fascinating for some reason.
I was also curious about Alligator Alley and since the knowledge of the world is just a few clicks away, I googled that as well. THANK GOODNESS I didn’t do the search before I pulled off the side of the road to read about the guy that was bitten by a water moccasin and had to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment. That certainly would have deterred me from my detour to see an alligator / crocodile.
According my friend, the roadside expert on reptiles, this is a gator. He saw me and swam over to me, making eye contact with me the entire time. No blinking. It was a stare down. Thankfully there was a fence.
Also, I listened to the Audible book Divergent and it’s really weird but very entertaining. Have ya’ll read the series? I just downloaded the second to my Kindle for the plane trip back