I am writing this as one who lives among the Alligators in the St. Johns River Basin area of Central Florida. (Any doubts go to my web
). Alligators are or can be bad. Crocodiles can be damn bad. I have personally seen a 10 ft. gator come up on the bank, catch a full grown german shepherd pull it back in the water and under water in less than 3 seconds and never a sign of them after that.
A 9 or 10 ft. Aligator or Crocodile is capable of a. Out running a large dog,or, a man or woman (not to mention a child)for a distance of 40 to 50 feet on land. b. They are strong enough to then pull the victum back to the water and c. then disappearing under water with them without another sign of the struggle.
Do not feed these great creaturs. They become acclimated to man and relate us to food. Then when there is not food they will possibly decide we are food. Go and see them in the wild they are Magnificent Creatures. Have respect for them as preditors who were there long before you got there and respect their home. Don't get near them, stay back and watch from a distance and keep the kids with you at all times, do not let them wander off by themselves. In the case of Ambergris Caye it is the Garbage that they are interested in and which is bringing them to the area. They most often feed and move around at night and sleep up in the mangroves during the day time. Use caution and enjoy.
[This message has been edited by oldgator (edited 05-08-2000).]