Saturday, March 8, 2014

Go Ahead and Make My Day

Alligator basking on bank of the Myakka River at MRS Park 3.7.14

My! what big teeth you have...
While walking along the banks of the Myakka River I came across this "smiling" alligator.  The toothy look did not seem to be aggression but possibly a matter of personal hygiene to allow the sun to dry the inside of its mouth and reduce the growth of algae.  But the dental equipment designed for grabbing and holding prey (but not chewing it) is impressive!  To bite off a piece of large prey the famous "death roll" is necessary to twist off a chunk.

Bill Dunson

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