BIG. CRITTERS. IN. FLORIDA!!!! (and you think YOU have pest problems!)

I was recently thinking about this thread, and just sitting there calmly musing on the possibilities of beautiful Gulf coast sunsets, warm weather, life on the beach, etc. etc. etc. Until a friend at Kennedy Space Center sent me this image:

It seems that wildlife activity is picking up around KSC. It is normal for gators to be on the move this time of year, looking for a nice watering hole to settle in to. However, walking into your shop in the morning and finding this guy looking back at you is NOT what I would call normal! It seems that someone forgot to close all the doors to the high voltage shop the evening before, and “Bubba” wandered in during the night. The guy that found him was only a few feet away when he realized what was on the floor (the lights were off except in the office area). Yikes!

I guess I will never complain about the rats in the streets in D.C. again!


I think that alligator is battery powered. Look at its eyes!

here at work i see at least 4 aligators a day. at one time the aligators in florida outnumbered people.

The industrial sized insects are enough to make me want to stay out of Florida (at least to visit but not likely to live there).

hmmm… what a comforting sight. I am moving down to Florida next year for college.
And I thought bear and moose were bad up here in Connecticut/New Hampshire…

I remember the first time I ever saw an alligator in the wild, I was in Everglades National Park (I must have been about 10 or 11 years old). They scared the — out of me, especially because my stepmom (who is an adventurous person), decided it would be fun to try to touch one. She got about four feet away from this 14 foot long alligator when I started screaming because I was afraid that it would attack her. I also remember vowing that I would never move to Florida because of the alligators. Isn’t it funny how your perspective changes over time?

I am sure I will have lots of fun with the alligators living in Osceola Lake on the University of Miami campus next year. :stuck_out_tongue:

They’re not that big…

pulls out 5 foot diameter fly swatter and smacks the giant insect sitting in chair next to him

I’ll be back, I’ve gotta clean up this mess…

Oh, Jaine. xD

Alligators are nothing. In India, they have ELEPHANTS. :confused:

Oh, come on…that’s not even that big. I’ve petted bigger.
i see them all the time. (that would be the road…)

it looks like it poo’ed on the floor :smiley: someone i know keeps a gecko in his pocket…kinda weird…im surprised it hasn’t run away…

At least hitting an Alligator with your car doesn’t come with a high probability of getting killed your self.

When a car hits a Moose at 60 miles an hour, the car, moose and human all loose.

Besides that, a marauding moose in town stays in town till it decides to leave. There just is no shooing them away. It happened not to long ago In Hanover. A moose wandered into town. The police kept people away from it and waited till it wandered back out. There was no use in trying to tranquilize it, since you then need a flat bed and fork lift to move it! Putting it down would be problematic, since the police didn’t have a rifle large enough to ensure a clean kill and any rifle big enough to kill a moose is to dangerous to use in a town.

Basically, Moose have free run of New England. And I think they know it.

-Andy A.

Being next to a body of water in Florida you’ll find lots of “visitors”! :smiley:

My grandfather’s house borders two canals in Cape Coral and I’ve seen so many different things crawling or scurrying around there it was unbelievable. The small lizards aren’t bad and are fun to play with but watch out for the palmettos and other water bugs. I’d rather deal with the deer in my backyard every morning. I’ve never seen any alligators in the canals there although I have seen them on the sides of the road like in Nahalita’s pic.

And be careful when walking through the grass barefoot. :wink:

All I ever needed to learn about the North East/Alaska I learned from Northern Exposure.

Dave, now I just want to know what pictures your friends on Mars have sent back of critters… :eek:

2 little alligators sitting by the road
1 named Curley
1 named Moe

  • Where is Larry? -
    Curley asks
    -Skinny dipping -
    Moe just laughs

Yeah, I remember visiting Florida when I was a little kid (visiting my grandparents), and I was always spending hours and hours trying to catch the lizards that like to lay out in the sun. I was never able to catch one (I was only 7)! I also remember seeing all sorts of cool birds, with really beautiful and unique plumage. One of the great things about moving to Florida is that I will have a chance to become familiar with an ecosystem entirely different from my own (I am a nature nerd, and my other interest has always been environmental science). Although those alligators still scare me!

Actually, the other night I was watching Animal Planet, and I was watching that show with Steve Irwin in it (Alligator Hunters Diaries or something like that), and I found it so interesting. In that particular episode, one of Steve’s favorite alligators died, and even though it was really sad, I couldn’t help but chuckle when Steve Irwin sat there crying and said, “I loved her [the alligator] like I love my wife.” :rolleyes:

Now, can anyone tell me if there are really big spiders in Florida? It’s so embarrassing, but I literally scream every time I see one…

yeah…they’re called banana spiders; they aren’t really dangerous, though they seem to have an affinity for weaving webs right at head level on walking trails… i’ve never heard of anyone ever even bein’ bit by one, but i don’t think having a spider the size of your hand crawling around your head is a pleasant sensation…luckily, they seem to stick to wooded areas. in miami, you only have to look out for palmetto bugs* and fire ants.<edit> yeah, and love bugs; nothing like drivin’ down I-75 during love bug season. just hope you don’t run out of windsheild wiper fluid… and if you venture into an undeveloped (now there’s a rarity!!) coastal area during dawn/dusk, you might encounter a fun little critter called a “no-see-em”**; just don’t leave your car windows open in the presence of no-see-ems, otherwise you’ll have to do the something we call the everglades run: AC on full, windows down, at >50 MPH. and how could i forget about the mosquitos? but then, those are everywhere, aren’t they? man i left out a bunch of fun little insects, didn’t i?</edit>

*we only call them “palmetto bugs” around tourists. around other floridians, we just call them (the bugs) “really, really big cockroaches”.
**some of the bigger ones outta be called “see-em-just-fine”

Dont forget…“Love Bugs”…

actually the mosquitos in india are the size of elephants also. man do they love my blood…

also. as for the spiders… i mean they have daddy long legs but those are harmless…i remember holding them in my hand in preschool (which wasn’t far from UM actually). they do have these tiny ones the size of my thumb nail. they’re annoying… i seem to find them everywhere in my old house. but they don’t bother you.

also… fyi, that picture that i took was actually in a place called “shark valley” (go figure!). It’s not a normal road, but my brother and i took a tram through the trail and tried to keep count of alligators. i think we lost track after around 40… it’s the coolest place ever. My dad even stood right next to them!

see? it ain’t that bad.
atleast these are picture of live alligators. 5 years ago, i had the unfortunate luck of seeing 2 dead alligators in one of our canals. heads cut off, legs cut off, tails cut off. This is what greedy people do in florida and i think it’s horrible.

alligators and spiders are great down here but man, have you seen the snakes? my dad seems to love going up to them when they’re around our house.

later note: banana spiders are the coolest looking things EVER. if you go on a nature trail you’re bound to run into one (and in my case it was physically… numerous times…)

Oh dear you just had to say the snake word and things were going so well too.

I think the banana spiders are orb spiders. Maybe Fruity Pebbles could find a gorgeous pic for us - they are some of the best weavers ever. If you see one then you know the environ. is healthy.

Here in Austin we have wolf spiders. Those are cool. They are big and furry and live in holes and cracks in houses. They eat mosquitoes but not elephants.