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"Crocodilians are the most vocal of the reptiles."

Alligators hiss and bellow, and crocodiles, same thing. If you can hear them, they're around... [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Sep 27, 2016 - 9 comments

Birds Pay Protection Money to Big Alligator

The gruesome price birds in the Everglades pay for using alligators as bodyguards.
Over time, a study released Wednesday says, egrets, herons, ibises and storks that nest on islands developed a strategy. They nestle on tree limbs near alligators, which chase and sometimes eat nest raiders. For that service, alligators demand a heavy price — some of the birds' offspring. That's right: child sacrifice.
The study: Presence of Breeding Birds Improves Body Condition for a Crocodilian Nest Protector.
posted by OmieWise on Mar 4, 2016 - 23 comments

You're thinking of water

Periods aren't that gross (SLYT)
posted by numaner on Jan 7, 2016 - 56 comments

"If one of you gets eaten, we will name the boat after you," I said.

In the summer of 1987, my father tried to murder me with an alligator.
posted by zarq on May 13, 2015 - 18 comments

feeding time

Postcards from the Alligator Farm. [via]
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse on Sep 11, 2013 - 9 comments

"they are defenseless and easily murdered in their youths."

The Souls of Alligators, by Robert Kloss. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 17, 2013 - 2 comments

Pulitzer Nominations Are Open

Two alligators, a pole dancer and pot at Olympia area shooting scene [via Wonkette]
posted by HotPants on Nov 28, 2012 - 30 comments

These Alligator Boots Are Made For Driving

Researchers Find That Alligator Fat Could Be a New Source of Biodiesel. Alligator farming is alive and well in the United States and elsewhere but traditionally it's all about the animals' skin and meat. Now it seems that there may also be a use for the 15 million pounds of alligator fat that are currently being deposited in land fills every year: bio diesel.
posted by Hairy Lobster on Aug 18, 2011 - 58 comments

Who Knew?

Apparently, alligators like marshmallows. [via]
posted by quin on Jul 25, 2011 - 44 comments

The Sling Shot Man and Other Non-famous Carolinians

The Sling Shot Man is Rufus Hussey, a man who's awesome with a beanshooter. This is a segment from 1985 of Down Home with the Carolina Camera which is a long-running part of Charlotte's WBTV's Top o' the Day variety show. There are a total of 22 videos on the YouTube channel which all feature interesting but non-famous Carolinians. Here are some other stories I liked: The Dulcimer School, Alligator Catchers, The Checker Players, The Gourdman of Angier and Backwards Man.
posted by Kattullus on Jan 15, 2009 - 18 comments

The people-being-eaten-by-an-alligator-or-crocodile event

Variations on a theme, a short history of alligators biting and threatening people - mostly children, mostly African-American - a surprisingly popular motif of candy wrappers, sheet music, and post cards.
posted by ardgedee on Sep 7, 2007 - 26 comments

Orlando is under attack by alligators: something that isn't that uncommon, but seems particularly bad this year. We're used to losing a hunting dog or two, but when the gators start taking down horses (don't worry, the horse lived) and killing young children in an urban environment, you've got to wonder what's happening. Tip to tourists from a local: if chased by a gator, flee in a zig-zag pattern (gators are pretty fast, but turn like Sherman tanks.)
posted by bclark on Jun 26, 2001 - 18 comments

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