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Why are Alligators so Ornery?

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

We all know that  famous line from Adam Sandler’s, The Water Boy, “Mamma say alligators are ornery cause they got all them teeth but no toothbrush.”   However, I’ve spent a good bit of my day pondering their orneriness as I searched for them in the lovely, squishy ,marshy places of Hilton Head, South Carolina.

My first stop was a lovely seafood restaurant called, The Crazy Crab. Their food was amazing, as was our wonderful waiter, Rob.  I had about 2-3 ounces of crab meat, along with a very nice tossed salad, minus the dressing.  My husband had an enormous portion of shrimp and grits, along with my remaining crab legs.  My loss is proving to be his gain on this trip!

After our meal was finished, I did some gator hunting around the periphery of the eatery.

I’m pretty certain that I found Nemo in the restaurant’s entryway, but still no monstrous, sharp-toothed reptile!

Nemo?  Is that you?
Nemo? Is that you?


This little beggar is certainly sharp-toothed, but lacks the scales and enormity of a gator!

Grover, one of the rough and tumble kitties of The Crazy Crab! He really knows how to use the charm!

Next, I scanned the marshes for a rascally reptile.

Nice view, but still no luck!
Nice view, but still no luck!

Later, at my father-in-law’s house, I braved the heat to search the ponds around the golf course.  This is where I saw a big one yesterday.

I saw an 8 footer on the banks of this pond yesterday!
I saw an 8 footer on the banks of this pond yesterday!

He was still hiding, so I took the time to stop and enjoy the gorgeous scenery from my late mother-in-law’s back yard.

Geri certainly had an eye for landscaping!
Geri certainly had an eye for landscaping!

And so does Mother Nature!  Check out this Spanish Moss!

The older trees here are covered with this ethereal stuff!  I love it!
The older trees here are covered with this ethereal stuff! I love it!

While I’m enjoying the yard, something catches my eye!  Suddenly, there’s scurrying and the flick of a tail!  I ready my camera and capture this beast…

Yikes!!  Guard your appendages! He's fierce!
Yikes!! Guard your appendages! He’s fierce!

So, today I really did figure out why alligators are so ornery!  They refuse to leave their cool, watery marsh when you finally have your camera ready for the perfect shot!!

When have you missed the perfect shot?  What would you like to see on the other side of your camera’s lens?

**  All uncredited photos lovingly taken by me, Sherri, The Ravenously Disappearing Woman :)!








26 thoughts on “Why are Alligators so Ornery?”

  1. Funny….when I was a kid, a good day was one in which you did NOT cross paths with an alligator!

    But a perfect day is any day that ends with you next to me.

    1. LOL!! Thanks for helping me look! It would figure that the one day I’m prepared, I wouldn’t see him! The anoles are certainly cute, though, and much less dangerous! It was a nice day, my sweetie!

    1. Me too! It’s way too hot here, and I’m ready to travel northward first thing in the morning. I’m just about to begin repacking my stuff now. Hope you have a lovely holiday weekend. Do you have any games?

      1. Maybe on Sunday. I have yard work to do, plus put together a pergola. I’m thinking that Monday I’ll be able to chill all day with some wine and my guitar in the backyard. Maybe. 🙂

    1. I used to have a whole terrarium set up with those little anoles. I just love how cute they are. When they bite you can’t even feel it!
      My camera is loaded with fresh batteries and ready to shoot! 🙂 Hope you have a nice weekend! 🙂

  2. We have a community of lizards, but they are so fast moving I can’t take a picture of them, and the quail around here are always in a hurry. Love your pics.

    1. I’ll bet you do have a bunch I of lizards in your area! These are fast too, but I got him with my zoom! 🙂

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