Look what the rain brought in






pair of shoes. or a handbag.

Lil’ baby gator, about 2 feet long. I cannot co-exist peacefully with an alligator in my pond.

Okay, so he’s not quite big enough to make a handbag. Maybe a fancy iPhone case.

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Comments 46

  1. Sandra

    That would freak me out!!! I agree with Silvia, don’t feed him. Have you seen Lake Placid? LOL

    Good luck with that alligator. I would love to hear more stories/see more pictures.

  2. Wendy W.

    Because my son is addicted to “Swamp People”, the first thing that entered my mind was “Chootim! Chootim!”

  3. Lela

    I live in FL, there is a saying that Gator’s are like roaches, if you have one you see you have more that you don’t.

  4. Kim in MD

    Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water (now that you’ve moved)! You need to hire someone to trap him and get him out of there…fast! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Rhonda

    I live in Central Florida… am a sixth generation Floridian, where there is a little one, there is a big one. Don’t get between the little one and the big one… they are mean Mommas. Call a trapper, soon…

  6. Lyndsey ~The Tiny Skillet~

    When I read the title I knew what it was. Yes the perils of being near any inland water in Florida! My favorite is the sign posted at the lake in Oscar Scherer State Park. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Alligators! Swim with caution!…and you see kids swimming with parents right there with them or sitting on the beach! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  7. Cristina

    He’s so cute! Can you call animal control and have them take him back to where he came from/his natural habitat?

  8. Mrs Smith

    Awww, don’t get rid of him! Chances are he will leave you alone if you leave him alone! Good luck!!

  9. Rich Hoback

    Have you thought about whipering in it’s ear “Did you hear that they were having tryouts for the role of Handbag?”

  10. Maryann

    We have had some heavy rains on the west coast of Florida in the past week. This is not uncommon for a gator to show up in waters they did not start out in. A few years ago, after 4-5 days of heavy rain, a 5 footer swam past our dock, in salt water. Call a professional to have it removed as Mama may very well be around and pissed off.

  11. Lynne

    I’m from New Zealand so please excuse my ignorance, but How!!?? Do they just wander from their own ponds until they find another one? Do the ponds connect by little waterways when it rains and they kinda follow the flow? I am so intrigued by this.

  12. Shirley

    Funny thing, Cristina. Jaden’s pond IS his natural habitat.
    Yep, she needs a trapper allright!

  13. razzle

    Oh. Ummm… is your next post going to be florida style gator steaks? Okay. Maybe not. Where’s momma gator?

  14. KCatGU

    I’m from AZ so gator are something I don’t know about, but I did have a Q. Are there no small species of gators? Are all gators inland Florida one type? I mean I know there are small adult sharks, this is what prompted my question. Stay safe.

  15. Tammy

    oh too funny…an iphone case! i like that. don’t get me wrong i LOVE animals…BUT we all know that baby gators turn into adult gators soon enough. hope you figure out what to do. thanks again for sharing your life with us! love all you have to offer and keeping it real!

  16. Susan

    Wow — I guess if it means there’s a mother gator nearby you will want to get rid of it quick. You sure don’t want your adorable sons to be messing with this wildlife — or the dog either for that matter. Good luck with your new “fashion addition”!

  17. Debbie Burgo

    He is cute but I would not leave him in the pond, especially with your son around. I would call animal control for relocation and sighting of more gators around. Stay Safe!

  18. bren

    Seeing that Gator puts me in mind of a summer in my life about 50 years ago. My parents babysat a baby gator for a friend. We kept it in a extra bathtub and fed it bologna and hamburger… had to push it down it’s throat with the eraser end of a pencil. It grew quickly. After they returned they put it in the showcase of a Restaurant Window to draw in customers; the sun cooked it… so sad. Perhaps if you call a Wildlife and Game Preserve they can come pick it up, or at the least give you a referral. *smile

  19. Heidi

    Hope you guys are enjoying the new home! I dont miss all that yard work! The gators never worried me…now the rattlesnakes did! We had a 5 foot one out front and a few smaller ones out back!

  20. Stu

    Gators are protected and can’t be messed with except by permit. I helped hunt them in the late 50’s (before the Endangered Species Act) and a 2-footer isn’t enough to do anything with … hide-wise. At least 5 feet or better before the hide is really useable. In south Georgia (Okeefenokee swamp area) they were all over, so you just keep your eyes open. Unless you come up on Mama when the nest is incubating (and they don’t put them where they are easy to find generally), you’ve got little concern about attacks. But do keep small dogs or other pets away from the water’s edge. Children 5 or better are fine. But Froo-Froo the toy poodle is gator hors d’ouvres. Geaux Gators!

  21. Alexandra

    Oh my God! I became so worried as if I found it in my bathtub. Get rid of it and stay safe!

  22. Jee

    They actually won’t harm you if you don’t try to scare/attack them first (I should know, I’m a gator, right?? ;)) – but I would call a trapper or someone who can deal with it soon if you don’t want the little guy in your pond.
    Oh, and make sure your boys don’t feed them cuz once they start feeding them the gators will want to come near them even though they don’t have food. Gators that have been exposed to people (other than professionals) that give them food actually become less scared of people and need to be killed. This is one of the top reasons there are huge fines in public lakes if you feed them. (Of course, having lived in Florida a while you probably know all this…) Just a cautionary heads up. Be safe!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. pasta bake

    All nature’s creatures join to express nature’s purpose. Somewhere in their mounting and mating, rutting and butting is the very secret of nature itself.

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