Bill Dunson, born in rural Georgia, skipped 12th grade and went directly to Yale. He subsequently received his PhD in Zoology from the University of Michigan. Bill is Professor Emeritus of Pennsylvania State University, thanks to a career spent teaching and researching the physiological ecology and ecotoxicology of reptiles, amphibians and fish. Bill has dedicated his life to learning and sharing his knowledge with others. Join him as he observes our better nature on the Island, his newest home.
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.