Posted by: Doc Bruce | October 16, 2006

A Crocky Day in Paradise

Team crocodile endured a long, hot 3-mile hike today on the Indigo Trail of Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. We were rewarded by a close up look at a 12-foot American Crocodile. The photo above is not her, but an alligator we saw on our way to see her. Read more about it below. Wow, what a great way to start off the week!

We also saw Anhingas, a Bald Eagle, a 5-foot yellow rat snake, and a close-up look at a 9-foot Alligator. The alligator was missing it’s right front forelimb. Check out the photo we got of it. In this photo you can see that none of its bottom teeth protrude above the upper teeth – one of the ways to tell crocs from alligators.

It was a giant relief to wade into the estuary, cool off and find oysters, horshoe crabs, and a young starfish after that long hike. Wading, and the “ice in the back of the shirt trick” was the perfect end to a long, hot, animal-packed hike.

Here’s to you Stevie, and the crocs we all love. Another Day in Paradise.

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