Gator Pond at Busch Gardens
December 16, 2010
When we first visited the resort where we ended up buying a vacation home I thought the cutesy warning signs about not feeding or antagonizing the alligators were meant to add a bit of humour. By the end of that first trip in 2009 I realized the alligators were very much real. We bought in March of 2010 but didn't see our new vacation home until May that year. During that time period we had a lot of opportunities to see alligators in and around our resort. Gators for the most part will ignore humans providing they haven't been feed and aren't provoked. My husband has been rather close to a few gators on the golf course and since our resort is filled with numerous good sized ponds, gators are a very common sight. I've managed to get a lot of great photos and videos of gators from the safety of the golf cart and car. Those in our community with houses backing onto these ponds have been told they should not feed the gators. This of course brings in a whole new element to gardening especially for those homes on the ponds. As you can see from this photo taken at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida alligators are rather large beasts. The largest in our resort is about 8 feet long so that's a good sized gator. They can out run a human running a straight line but I'm not about to test that theory out.