Go Gators! Rangers take visitors into the belly of the beast

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 03:46 PM.

After a mother gator lays the eggs, she will leave or, "Some good moms stay around," said Roberts. These moms protect the eggs from hungry hogs and bobcats, snakes and other animals. Really good mothers will protect their babies for the first three years.

Because they are so protective, Roberts said it is important to keep plenty of distance from an alligator and her breeding area and nest. Another personally beneficial measure is to abide by laws that make it illegal to feed or disturb alligators, as this can train the reptiles to be aggressive nuisance alligators.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park , which sits at the western entrance of County Road 30A, has been doing these presentations "back when we were using slide projectors," said Park Ranger Fred Provost. "The types of presentations are a very integral part of the parks service."


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