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American Alligator
Alligator mississippiensis
The American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)is a large lizard-like reptile native to fresh and brackish marshes in the southeastern United States. Females are known to grow to about eight feet in length while males can get to eleven or twelve feet, sometimes even longer! It is a powerful predator that is known to eat everything from fish and turtles to animals as large as a deer. The species is a common sight along swamps and marshes in many areas of coastal and south Texas. The first five shots were taken in coastal Texas with a Canon EOS 3 and a variety of lenses on Fuji Velvia and Sensia during 1999, 2000, and 2001.
The next five images at right were taken at Aransas N.W.R., Aransas Co., Texas in November, 2006, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and an EF 70-200 mm F/2.8 L IS lens and 2X extender.
If you look closely you may see a damselfly resting above the left eye of this alligator.
The next 2 shots of American Alligator were taken at Anahuac N.W.R., Chambers Co., Texas, in June, 2008, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens.
The American Alligator shown here was on South Padre Island, Cameron Co., Texas, in May, 2010. This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens.
American Alligator
Alligator mississippiensis
High Island,
Galveston Co., Texas
20 April 2016
American Alligator
Alligator mississippiensis
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
14 January 2017
American Alligator
Alligator mississippiensis
Anahuac N.W.R.,
Chambers Co., Texas
3 April 2017
American Alligator
Alligator mississippiensis
Sea Rim State Park,
Jefferson Co., Texas
4 April 2017
American Alligator
Alligator mississippiensis
Sea Rim State Park,
Jefferson Co., Texas
4 April 2017
American Alligator
Alligator mississippiensis
Sea Rim State Park,
Jefferson Co., Texas
4 April 2017