American Crocodiles

Discussion in 'Other Animals' started by keirin, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. keirin


    Dec 31, 2005
    Quite a lot of my available photo time in recent years has been frittered away taking pix of American crocodiles in Everglades Nat'l Park and in a coastal wetland area south of Miami. Here are a couple of recent ones and a few from last year - -








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  2. 3 and 6 are nightmare subjects :eek:
  3. nice shots of gators. as Nick says 3 and 6 are rather scary.

    alexis and Georgie Beagle

    " is that a tooth sticking out of his nose in pic 3? " - Georgie Beagle
  4. keirin


    Dec 31, 2005
    Thank you. Yeah, I'm captivated by how sinister these things generally look, without even trying!
  5. keirin


    Dec 31, 2005
    Thanks. Yes, there are two holes on the front of the top jaw into which the apposite long front lower teeth can nest (although the teeth aren't always aligned so that they fit as planned [or might be missing entirely]). The nostrils themselves are in that little raised nub a couple of inches aft of the holes for the teeth. Here's a croc sitting in a soup of algae where you can see both teeth protruding through their respective holes.

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  6. Ok, that is really cool! as I said before these are great shots!
  7. They aren't "gators", Alligator mississipiensis; as it says in the title, they're American crocodiles, Crocodylus acutus. The tooth you mention is a good field mark.
  8. as Ogden Nash said:

    I give you now Professor Twist,
    A conscientious scientist,
    Trustees exclaimed, "He never bungles!"
    And sent him off to distant jungles.
    Camped on a tropic riverside,
    One day he missed his loving bride.
    She had, the guide informed him later,
    Been eaten by an alligator.
    Professor Twist could not but smile.
    "You mean," he said, "a crocodile."

    alexis and Georgie Beagle

    " you learn something new every day..." - Georgie Beagle
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  9. wow shots for sure
  10. Amazing series! Each one is a gem!
  11. Very impressive shots. And judging by the lenses used, you were a whole lot closer than I would be comfortable with!
  12. Good set, crocks always look happy.

  13. Most impressive shots of what looks like a real killer.
  14. keirin


    Dec 31, 2005
    Thank you again.

    Thank you. I don't know if all croc species have this feature, but the American versions can be distinguished from alligators by it.

    In this and many other topics, Nash is the ultimate authority.

    Sincere thanks.

    Thank you very much.

    Thanks much. By nothing more than coincidence, all the above except for numbers 5 and 8 were taken with a 70-200/f4. For 5 and 8 I used a 500/f4P. Despite their imposing size, they're often quite skittish and splash off even while you're at a very great distance, but sometimes you can approach close enough for shorter focal lengths.

    Thank you, Louis.

    Thank you. It's a grin I usually consider more sardonic than jovial, but a smile's a smile I guess. Who wouldn't be happy to just lounge on the Cape Sable beach all day like these guys?

  15. S. Vaughn

    S. Vaughn

    Apr 24, 2015
    No shots of "Gumby"?
  16. Binnur


    Oct 4, 2017
    Izmir / Turkey
    Nice and scary set!
  17. keirin


    Dec 31, 2005
    There are some animals I see with enough regularity for me to have assigned names. I've got Scarpia, Lady Macbeth, Grendel, Ol' Yeller, Iago, Spode, Gertrude and some others, but regrettably no Gumby.

    Sincere thanks.
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