Everyone knows that if there is a body of water in Florida, chances are an alligator lives in it. Fact of life.
Our house is located within 1 block of two small lakes. Alligators definitely live in those lakes. I have seen some.
So why was I surprised this morning when I went to collect rainwater from one of my bins and saw this baby alligator swimming in it?!
I called my son to witness this. My calm son told me baby alligators aren't that small. I retorted that I had never seen a lizard that looked like that in our yard. I should know, I watch the lizards all.the.time. Also? I spent a lot of time at the Florida Aquarium with them when they were little, and even went to Gatorland once. So, ahem, I know alligators, son.
He was still skeptical.
And then this happened:
... and I thought: if alligators start being able to climb walls like Spiderman, we're in big trouble!
So I caught it in a jar and brought it to our expert for his opinion.
He decided it was some kind of a lizard and got very excited and tried to open the jar. But he's a cat so he couldn't.
Meanwhile, my son and I looked it up in the National Audubon Society's Field Guide to Florida and decided that I had indeed caught:
Well, I still think it's a gator.
But I released it outside. I hope there's not a large mommy