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    Gator in My Back Yard

    Live at the end if a 4 1/2 acre man made lake/pond. Picture window at our breakfast nook. Haven't seen gators for some time that were common a couple of years ago. 5 feet from shore I see a small gator nose and eye sockets visible. 12X the distance from the nose to the eye socket is a rule of thumb for estimating length. This one is around 12" He will feast on minnows or maybe one of our Flofida fatty finger sized dragonflies will come into feeding range.

    Bald eagles and ospreys visit regularly. Right now the hawk population has exploded. With hundreds of oak trees in the hood there are plenty of squirrels for them to eat. Lots of bunnies too. Last week I watched an elderly neigbor across the street getting dive bombed walking under a large oak tree with a nest getting hit on the head and requiring stitches.

    In recent years I've killed two water moccasins. One on the pool deck and the other just outside the screened enclosure. See them cruising around the lake with their heads 6" or more looking like a 'Mini-Me Loch Ness Monster'.

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    That's some interesting stuff.
    I'd like to see some pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bugeye View Post
    That's some interesting stuff.
    I'd like to see some pictures.
    Yeah gsg, you know the rules...pics or........
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    I was good until you mentioned snakes. I grew up where copperheads were all over the place. Someday they will hire a bus to drive up here to Minnesota.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Risch View Post
    I was good until you mentioned snakes. I grew up where copperheads were all over the place. Someday they will hire a bus to drive up here to Minnesota.
    Couple more years of this Global Warming and they'll walk … ha.
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    Gators are everywhere! They are the buzzards of the drainage canals here!. 200' from me is the drainage canal! Average 5' to 6' in length.

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    We've had some 5 or 6 foot ones in the lake
    Quote Originally Posted by cajun56 View Post
    Gators are everywhere! They are the buzzards of the drainage canals here!. 200' from me is the drainage canal! Average 5' to 6' in length.

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    We've had some 5 or 6 foot gators in the lake, but not for the last few years. Yankee transplants are the first to call trappers. It's not the Brevard County I moved to in 1973 - for sure!

    When my bride and I found this little neigborhood I felt like I'd been here before. It came to me that in 1974-75 I'd hunted squirrels and coons where my house is today.

    I miss those times.

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    Only dangerous animals here are in Sacramento!
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    I'll definately get some pics when some good stuff shows up. Additionally are the birds that are not present. Spoonbills, occasional flamingos, ducks, geese, ospreys, otters, the rare bald eagle,cranes, storks, a snapping turtle the size of a spare tire!

    AC
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