"Behold him rushing forth from the flags and reeds. His enormous body swells. His plaited tail brandished high, floats upon the lake. The waters like a cataract descend from his opening jaws. Clouds of smoke issue from his dilated nostrils. The earth trembles with his thunder." - Naturalist William Bartram, circa 1775, describing the American Alligator.
If you live in alligator land or plan to visit, it's good to know how to conduct yourself around these remarkable beasts. Obtaining knowledge of the nature around you will improve your quality of life by helping you and your loved ones to keep safe and to enjoy your area's natural elements. It will also contribute to an improved quality of life for wildlife and for you and your loved ones, as we learn to harmonize our lifestyles with our natural surroundings in a way that benefits all.
This website was designed as an easy-to-use information portal for all those living in or visiting the alligator's land (or any curious reader, for that matter) to learn about this reptile in a way that fosters a respect, enjoyment and appreciation of it without undue fear, and with a balanced perspective on this animal's distinguished place in our world.
Since wherever we are we're connected to the air, the water, to everything molecular in our realm, ours is all a natural world, isn't it? Not just in a swamp or a forest, but in our own living rooms as well. We are ecologically tied with all; a bellowing alligator, a mighty tree, the tallest mountain, a violent rainstorm, a buzzing mosquito, a sleeping squirrel, or a field of planted vegetables, some of the yield of which reaches our dining tables. It's in our fundamental interest to understand, cherish and keep this bond with our Earth. This applies no less with our link to these great reptiles, which share habitat with us.
I've been inspired by the majesty of the alligator since I was a small boy growing up in south Florida, and while working closely with them over the years. I hope some of my positive and peculiar passion may add to your perception of the natural world and of your own role in it.
And maybe we'll meet one day, at a Living Among Alligators event.
June 4, 2008
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