Thursday, May 13, 2010

Love is in the air for alligators and crocodiles

Article by Lisa Cilli from CBS 4 (One of my favorite channels)

Love is in the air, if you're an alligator or crocodile. As summer approaches and temperatures continue to rise, you might have a few more alligator sightings because amorous alligators and frisky crocs become more active as they look for potential mates.

The sudden activity follows several months of almost bear-like winter hibernation, according to experts. It's likely more alligators will be seen in lakes, rivers and habitats where they live and males will also move over land during this time of year, from one body of water to another.

Once on the edge of extinction, alligators are now considered fully recovered in all of their native-range states, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Experts believe there are more than a million alligators in Florida, residing in all of the state's 67 counties.

You can find them on your front lawn, in your swimming pool and even in your house, if you're not careful. Awareness and understanding are the keys for learning how best to live near the areas they inhabit.


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