Thursday, May 22, 2008

Alligator in the Bathtub

It's that time of the year when alligators end up in swimming pools, backyard ponds and in my case - the bathtub. May is breeding season so the boys are looking for the girls, the girls are looking for the boys and the juveys are out looking for their own territory.

They cross roads, get into gated communities and end up on the 11 o'clock news where unsuspecting new residents freak out. 10 foot lizards in our backyards! How uncivilized. Welcome to the swamp.

But this adorable little 1 1/2 year old was part of my weekend presentation. I had to take my work home with me for a few days and that meant taking care of Cobb/Mean Joe Green/Austen (everyone has a name for him). He's not a pet, but he gets a name anyway to differentiate him from his larger brothers/sisters that are the same age but sizably larger thanks to a little thing called dominance.

Just before heading to the presentation he pooped in his aquarium and I needed to rinse him off. I'm sure a few parents understand the situation?

He's now living the life in a new aquarium far from his siblings where he gets all the crickets and minnows he ever dreamed of.


  1. Man, I love baby gators. You know, we have a pool in our back yard in case you ever need a larger space for him!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. So, I suppose No bath or shower for you for a may be sleeping on the couch! :-)

  3. No no - it was fine. Just no sudden moves.