And Then There Were the Reptiles

Wanna know the No. 1 question I’ve been asked about my trip to Florida?

“Did you see any alligators?”

 Why, yes, yes I did.

Although they are not nearly as photogenic as my feathered friends, I found Florida’s reptiles equally fascinating. I suppose the simple reason for that is because native reptiles are few and far between in my neck of the woods.

We do have snakes in Canada. And I saw a snake or two in Florida, which I found somewhat interesting.

Snake

But we don’t have geckos, which I found adorable.

Gecko

And we don’t have iguanas, which I found mesmerizing.

Iguana 1

Iguana 2

And we certainly don’t have alligators. (In case you can’t tell, all the floating logs in this photo aren’t. Logs, I mean.)

Alligators 1

Here’s what one of those logs looks like up close.

Alligators 2

What I really don’t get is why people would want to canoe right up to one of those floating logs.

Alligators 3

I suppose it’s no different than me sleeping in a tent in the middle of the Rockies knowing full well that bears tend to wander around campsites just before dawn.

Sleeping with bears? Canoeing with alligators?

Bears? Alligators?

Alligators 4

I’ll take my chances with the bears, thank you.

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