Okefenokee Alligator Battle Scars

During our 2019, paddling trip through the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, we came across a unique...
American Alligator
Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 21703998 - American Alligator; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. March 15, 2019. ©williamwisephoto.com

During our 2019, paddling trip through the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, we came across a unique alligator. It was on a cypress log just north of Billy's Lake. This big gator was missing the end of its upper snout. I suppose it could have been born with a deformity, but more likely it was injured in a fight with another gator. Its nostrils were missing and a good bit of scar tissue was built up along the edge. Several of the bottom teeth were missing as well. As it was sunning on a log, we pushed our canoe up for some closer photos. But as we crossed its comfort zone, it retreated into the water. We saw it again later in the day as we were paddling back to our camp at the Stephen C Foster State Park campground.

American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 12:56 PM EST
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, red trail East Fork Suwannee River
Coordinates: 30.83796, -082.34352

American Alligator
Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 21703998 - American Alligator; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. March 15, 2019. ©williamwisephoto.com

Publicado el 03 de abril de 2024 a las 09:58 AM por williamwisephoto williamwisephoto

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Good to see photos of survivors. I've seen many turtles with pieces of carapace missing, suggesting an escape probably from an alligator. Not perfect leaves with signs of drought or fungus, rust or insect damage, scruffy animals, or blossoms not fully formed for any number of reason. There are no imperfections; we all carry signs of engagements with life. Thank you.

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