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    Florida and Alligators

    My husband and I are stationed at Fort Rucker AL-about 2 hours from FL. Neither of us have been to FL-but we really want to go camping next week somewhere in the pan handle-but I'm afraid of the alligators. We have 2 dogs, and I've heard nothing but horror stories. So is camping with our dogs a good or bad idea?? Even here at Rucker people always tell us our dogs are going to get eaten by Alligators because we take them hiking all the time!!

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    Re: Florida and Alligators

    Where in FL are you going? I remember as a kid being freaked out at seeing 'Gators sunning themselves in the ditches when I went to FL.

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    Re: Florida and Alligators

    I've grown up in Florida and always had a dog. I've never had any problems with alligators so i don't think it would be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hulkamaniac View Post
    Where in FL are you going? I remember as a kid being freaked out at seeing 'Gators sunning themselves in the ditches when I went to FL.
    We want to go somewhere in the pan handle because my husband can only take off a few days-so we don't want to waste them driving.

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    I was born in Florida and my dad was a commercial fisherman, so we lived right on the St. John's River. We saw gators all the time but never had a dog get eaten, lol. Actually we used to see them while we were swimming sometimes but they never bothered us. However, water moccasins did cause an untimely death for a couple of our dogs. One dog was bitten on 3 separate occasions before she finally had to be PTS, poor thing. Dogs do get eaten by gators, but I don't know how often that actually is. Just bring your shotgun while you're camping, you should be fine

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    Re: Florida and Alligators

    Quote Originally Posted by amdeblaey View Post
    We want to go somewhere in the pan handle because my husband can only take off a few days-so we don't want to waste them driving.
    But where in the panhandle? I would imagine some parts of the state have more gators than others.

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    I think most of the gators are down south closer to the Everglades. I'm sure there are some in the panhandle, but not the same concentration. As long as you keep your dogs away from the water and are reasonably careful you should be OK.
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    Re: Florida and Alligators

    There are no 'gators in the panhandle. Just crocodiles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    I think most of the gators are down south closer to the Everglades. I'm sure there are some in the panhandle, but not the same concentration. As long as you keep your dogs away from the water and are reasonably careful you should be OK.
    The entire state has PLENTY of alligators. Well into Georgia. Southern Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, East Texas, and South Carolina.

    The is absolutely no shortage of gators in the panhandle.....

    But they are not laying in wait for your dogs. Just be smart. Don't be playing fetch with the dogs in the water. (Also don't believe the myth that alligators are only in fresh water.) Don't let the dogs splash around at the waters edge. etc. Other than that it is no big deal.

    Also gators are not real active at this time of year. I just looked at the weather in the panhandle. It is still getting down into the forties at night. They ain't eating right now.

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    There are no 'gators in the panhandle. Just crocodiles.
    only crocs in extreme South Florida.
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    Re: Florida and Alligators

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyBandit View Post
    The entire state has PLENTY of alligators. Well into Georgia. Southern Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, East Texas, and South Carolina.

    The is absolutely no shortage of gators in the panhandle.....

    But they are not laying in wait for your dogs. Just be smart. Don't be playing fetch with the dogs in the water. (Also don't believe the myth that alligators are only in fresh water.) Don't let the dogs splash around at the waters edge. etc. Other than that it is no big deal.

    Also gators are not real active at this time of year. I just looked at the weather in the panhandle. It is still getting down into the forties at night. They ain't eating right now.



    only crocs in extreme South Florida.
    We were thinking of camping in the FL Caverns just south of the AL FL boarder, there isn't a lake, but there is a river-and I want to do a lot of hiking, which is the part that makes me nervous about running into gators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amdeblaey View Post
    We were thinking of camping in the FL Caverns just south of the AL FL boarder, there isn't a lake, but there is a river-and I want to do a lot of hiking, which is the part that makes me nervous about running into gators.
    There will be gators in the river. Keep the dogs out of the river. That is all there is to it..... Keep in mind, while you may run into a gator on dry land, they do not hunt unless they are in the water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyBandit View Post
    The entire state has PLENTY of alligators. Well into Georgia. Southern Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, East Texas, and South Carolina.

    The is absolutely no shortage of gators in the panhandle...
    Hmph. I can't believe I was in Orlando for an entire week and didn't see ONE gator (except for those little dried heads at the beach shops). Every time we went by some water, I was looking for eyeballs sticking out of the water. . .nothing. Bah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    Hmph. I can't believe I was in Orlando for an entire week and didn't see ONE gator (except for those little dried heads at the beach shops). Every time we went by some water, I was looking for eyeballs sticking out of the water. . .nothing. Bah.
    A couple of factors....What time of year? Gators are also largely nocturnal and even when you are out in the daytime, unless you know what you are looking at, you might not even realize you are looking at one. You could be 25 feet from a 12 footer and see no more than a pair of beady eyes nad a snout.
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    Re: Florida and Alligators

    Well, I'm pretty good at spotting turtles (just their heads sticking out), so I thought I'd be able to spot a gator's eyes if one was in there. It was late August. Not terribly hot (to me; it was at least cooler than it was here), but certainly warm enough. I didn't go spotlighting at night or anything!

    I did actually see a few turtles while I was looking for the gators, LOL. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    Well, I'm pretty good at spotting turtles (just their heads sticking out), so I thought I'd be able to spot a gator's eyes if one was in there. It was late August. Not terribly hot (to me; it was at least cooler than it was here), but certainly warm enough. I didn't go spotlighting at night or anything!

    I did actually see a few turtles while I was looking for the gators, LOL. . .
    August is a night time month for gators. The water temps are SOOOO warm, they don't need to sun themselves. Later March to May is probably the best time to see them. They do a lot of sunning in the spring.
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    Re: Florida and Alligators

    I'm going to Florida (Coral Springs, then Orlando/Kissimmee) in late May... will I be able to see gators anywhere?

    I'm glad the biggest/most dangerous predator we have on PEI is the coyote, heh. We don't even have any poisonous snakes or spiders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crantastic View Post
    I'm going to Florida (Coral Springs, then Orlando/Kissimmee) in late May... will I be able to see gators anywhere?

    I'm glad the biggest/most dangerous predator we have on PEI is the coyote, heh. We don't even have any poisonous snakes or spiders.
    Coral Springs sits on the eastern edge of the Everglades. Any of the water management canals will be full of them. Any of the lakes around Kissimmee will be full of them as well.
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    Re: Florida and Alligators

    Many years ago I was invited to take my yearly winter training trip by a trainer in Florida but never went, a trial dog is a large running dog and I thought at the time between snakes and gators and Murphy's Law it would just end badly. People frown when their dogs don't return from training trips.
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    Re: Florida and Alligators

    I was in Louisiana and all down thru Mississippi a few times. I saw plenty of 'gators. I was on Avery Island, LA to the preserve there and there were many of them. I saw one hiding in a small culvert pipe hunting. It was pretty clever cammo actually. The big ones were a bit mossy looking. I have photos I took (not at this 'puter). I figured this was why I had a telephoto lens.

    I was there in late October/early November for the trips.

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    Re: Florida and Alligators

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyBandit View Post
    There will be gators in the river. Keep the dogs out of the river. That is all there is to it..... Keep in mind, while you may run into a gator on dry land, they do not hunt unless they are in the water.
    Thank you-you've been a big help. Still not sure if we will do it though-I have to admit, I'm kinda scared, and thinking about just going to KY instead.

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