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See Otter Kill And Eats Alligator in Amazing Series of Photos

Pic: US Fish & Wildlife/Geoff Walsh (PD)

Pic: US Fish & Wildlife/Geoff Walsh (PD)

Otters are cute and cuddly (and I’ll be damned if they can’t play a mean washtub bass), but they’re also voracious predators who use ambush hunting tactics to take down everything from fish to small birds… and apparently that includes alligators, too. Check out this amazing picture of an otter attacking and eating an alligator, and then see the rest at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

 

 

 

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Crocodiles And Alligators Use Tools

Dinets-et-al-2013-stick-displaying-in-Mugger-crocodile-600-px-tiny-Nov-2013-Darren-Naish-Tetrapod-ZoologyToday it’s sticks. Tomorrow? Well… let’s just say I’d throw away any alligator belts or boots you may have in your closet.

Via Scientific American:

As described by Dinets et al. (2013), Mugger crocodiles Crocodylus palustris in India and American alligators Alligator mississippiensis in the USA have both been observed to lie, partially submerged, beneath egret and heron colonies with sticks balanced across their snouts. Birds approach to collect the sticks for use in nest building and… well, let’s just say that it doesn’t end well for the birds. If the crocodylians really are using the sticks as bait to attract their bird prey, this is tool use, since the sticks are objects that are being employed for a specific function.

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Out-of-Place Alligators Everywhere!

gatorForget the Summer of the Shark: This has been the Summer of the Alligator. Doubtful News writer Sharon Hill has rounded up a nice collection of stories featuring out-of-place gators all over the United States. While these fearsome-looking reptiles are mostly harmless (unless you’re a child or small pet), I can imagine that coming upon one in Pennsylvania might be a cause for alarm. I’ve been around them off and on for most of my life, and my father’s side of the family grew up dirt-poor on the banks of a lake full of them. In my experience, you’ve got to go out of your way to provoke them, so, um, don’t whack ‘em with a stick or nothin’, y’all.

 

 

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The Legend of the Sewer Gator

via Gothamist
In 1935, the NY Times published an article titled, “Alligator Found in Uptown Sewer,” tracing the actions of 16-year-old Salvatore Condoluci and his comrades, who trapped and killed an 8-foot-long alligator found under 123rd Street. Today, at 92, Condoluci still remembers some of the tale, and the Times looks back at the urban legend. Along with the printed article, former superintendent of city sewers, Teddy May, also had a part in giving the legend legs. He once investigated reports of sightings, relaying his story to writer Robert Daley, who in 1959 published the account in his book, The World Beneath the City. It goes like this: "Alligators serenely paddling around in his sewers. The beam of his own flashlight had spotlighted alligators whose length, on the average, was about two feet. Some may have been longer. Avoiding the swift current of the trunk lines under major avenues, the beasts had wormed up the smaller pipes under less important neighborhoods, and there Teddy had found them. The colony appeared to have settled contentedly under the very streets of the busiest city in the world." No one seems to be certain if the story is fact or fiction, but the belief is that many vacationing families were bringing back baby alligators as pets from Florida at the time, later discarding them. Adding more documentation to the legend, Times columnist Meyer Berger once wrote that in the mid-1930s, "sewer alligators seemed to thrive below the pavement in rather frightening numbers. They were destroyed systematically and the threat of an alligator invasion died away.”
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