Vulindlela
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Alligators In Georgia?

Wed Jan 28, 2004 2:42 pm

If anybody here lives in Georgia, are there alligators on the Savannah river between Augusta and Savannah? If so, are they full-sized or just small ones? I didn't think they were up so far north but some people tell me now that they are here and I want proof. Thanks.
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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Wed Jan 28, 2004 5:46 pm

Well here's your proof.


Prime Alligator Habitat - PAR Pond, Savannah River Site, South Carolina.

If they're in South Carolina, they are certainly in Georgia.

Learn more about it here:
http://www.uga.edu/~srel/gators.htm


Here's one in North Carolina




Learn more here:



http://www.uga.edu/srel/gators.htm

They can be found as far north as Virginia and as far west as eastern Texas.
I'd be careful if I were you.






[Edited 2004-01-28 09:48:02]
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Vulindlela
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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Wed Jan 28, 2004 6:41 pm

Thanks Superfly. I did read a lot about them after posting this and saw that they are here. I was trying to figure out if they were up the river farther. I guess they are in hibernation most of the winter and not much of a danger.
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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Thu Jan 29, 2004 2:26 am

Unfortunatly we have alligators all over Georgia, I cant think of a place that doesnt have them that is near water. You learn to get used to them though.  Smile
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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Thu Jan 29, 2004 3:39 am

I used to see Gators all over when I went fishing in Savannah, in the inlets and such. I also had a friend who was stationed at Moody AFB in Valdosta and she opened the door to the weather station one night and there was Mr. Gator waiting. It was months before she would go outside that area alone again, lol.
 
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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Thu Jan 29, 2004 4:11 am

Florida Gators are a constant nusance to Georgia, though they typically limit their influence to late October / early November each year in Jacksonville.

Go Gators!

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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Thu Jan 29, 2004 4:26 am

Gators can't stand up to Hurricanes though, usually around the same time frame as mentioned above.

Go 'Canes

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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Thu Jan 29, 2004 5:06 am

Actually "Hurricane Season" in Gainesville is usually in late August very early September.

As for the substance of your post - I can't argue at all!

 
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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Thu Jan 29, 2004 6:14 am

There are gators in the more southern parts of Alabama for sure, but in north Alabama they aren't seen except for a few in places like the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.
 
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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Thu Jan 29, 2004 11:45 am

These stories are becoming more and more common. The funny thing is, look which state they were released in.
Wildlife Stories
Beaver County Times
8/4/2002

John Fagan of the Tri-State Herpetological
Society says the captured gator will be
released into the wild in Georgia.
Second alligator spotted in river
By Bob Janis, Times Staff

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water,
along comes another alligator.
Hours after a 3-foot juvenile American alligator was caught
Thursday below the Townsend Dam on the Beaver River, another
alligator about the same size floated to the surface about 200
yards upstream.
Two police officers and onlookers along Big Rock Park in New
Brighton spotted the second reptile around 6:30 p.m. and tossed
bread to the critter cruising several feet from shore, but the gator
kept out of grabbing distance.
At 10 a.m. Friday, New Brighton Area Police Chief Doug

Adams and Officer Jim Brown stood watch along the river scanning for anything unusual. Adams had tossed a cut-up
chicken into the river two hours earlier as bait.
"I wish it would pop up so I can see it for myself," Adams said. "The chicken is to lure him so I can grab him."
Adams said an alligator was sighted in the river near the park around Monday. But after one was caught Thursday,
no one expected that there would be another swimming around.
Gator No. 1 was caught around 3 p.m. Thursday by Tim Rodriguez, 22, of Rochester while fishing with his girlfriend,
Jennifer Straile, 22, of Rochester and cousin Michael Cancelliere, 12, of Johnstown. The alligator was taken to Keener's
Sports Emporium in East Rochester.
That alligator, which measured 35 inches and weighed about 7 pounds, will eventually find a home in Georgia.
John Fagan of the Tri-State Herpetological Society in Shaler Township operates a reptile rescue service and picked
up the alligator on Friday after being called by New Brighton police. Fagan said the alligator, which is 2 to 3 years old,
will be taken to Georgia and released into the wild by the state's game commission.
"He's big enough to fend for himself," Fagan said. "He looks reasonably healthy, if not a little thin."
Fagan said alligator No. 2, still loose in the Beaver River, does not pose a threat.
"He won't attack anyone in the river because he's still too small," Fagan said. "If you tried to get your hand close to
his mouth, or started messing with him, he'd bite, but he's too small to do a lot of damage."
Fagan said the alligator likely was released by someone who no longer wanted it as a pet.
"You have to be a certain breed of person to raise an alligator," Fagan said. "They grow a foot a year and can get
pretty expensive to feed. Not only that, but their temperament changes as they get older and they can be difficult to
handle."
"You own a dog for 13 years, and he still eats about the same amount of food each year and stays about the same
size," Fagan said. "An alligator in 13 years will get 10 to 12 feet long and eat 100 pounds of meat at a time."
It is not illegal to buy or own an alligator in Pennsylvania. They can be bought at pet shops, flea markets, and reptile
swap meets, Fagan said.
Laurena Apple, manager of Aquatic Gardens at 1416 Seventh Ave., Beaver Falls, sells fish and reptiles, and has two
baby alligators about a foot long for sale at $239.99 each.
"They're not for everybody," Apple said. "People get them when they're small because they're cute, but then they
get a little big and nippy, and they will get rid of them."
Apple said she often gets calls from alligator owners looking to unload their pets.
"We've probably had about 10 calls in the last three weeks from people trying to get rid of their gators," Apple said.
"We would have 100 alligators in the store if we took every one that was looking for a home."
Apple said she tells the callers to keep looking around. She also tells them not to release the alligators.
Apple had some tips for would-be alligator hunters.
"If that alligator in the river keeps coming in for food, he should be able to get caught with a big net," Apple said.
"They like to hang out on a warm day on a log or in the sun."
Reptile Rescue's Fagan said it is possible for the gator to survive the winter if it finds a warm-water discharge pipe in
the river.
"He can stay near the warm water all winter without eating in a state of semihibernation," Fagan said. "His
metabolism would drop, but he would survive."


A message from the webmaster: That second alligator was later captured. Please, no matter how cool you
think it would be to have a pet alligator, do not buy these animals from anyone, even a reputable dealer.
Alligators are not native to Pennsylvania and do not belong in this state. They can survive here, but only to the
detriment of the local, native species of fish and other wildlife. As the story stated, too many people buy them
only to get rid of them within a few years. Sooner or later, someone will be seriously injured by one of these
alligators that have been released into the river because they're too big for the owner to handle.

Other wildlife stories in this section:
Lion / Alligator 1

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10,000 years ago we would have eaten you. Today, we drag you along and allow you to pollute the gene pool.
 
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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Thu Jan 29, 2004 2:37 pm

Alligators can only be found in the coastal areas of Georgia and I believe they can also be found in southern Georgia, as well, near Valdosta and Columbus. You won't find them up by Macon, Atlanta, and Athens.
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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Fri Jan 30, 2004 12:10 am

Jcs17-are you from Georgia? Do you know if they ever get up the river near Augusta? That is mostly the area I am worried about.
-Kevin
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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Fri Jan 30, 2004 1:33 am

Jcs. Great post. Way to say exactly what I said in my original post. A true Clone you are. Jeff in Richmond would be proud.
 
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Kroc

Fri Jan 30, 2004 1:43 am

Thats right! They cant stand up to Hurricanes at all. I have seen several gators near the Okeefanokee(sp) swamp area in southern Georgia.

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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Fri Jan 30, 2004 1:57 am

You won't find them up by Macon, Atlanta, and Athens.

You will find them in Atlanta during SEC championship weekend from time to time!

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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Fri Jan 30, 2004 2:05 am

Here are 4 places you will never see any Gators.

1.) Miami FL (Orange Bowl)
2.) Pasedena CA (Rose Bowl)
3.) New Orleans LA (Sugar Bowl
4.) Tempe AZ (Fiesta Bowl)
 
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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Fri Jan 30, 2004 2:10 am

Not true.

We were in Miami earlier this year and play in the Orange Bowl against UM beating them for most of the game before we fell apart. Were in the Sugar Bowl in '96 (when we won the national championship). We were in the Fiesta Bowl a couple of years ago and got spanked.

Look, without a doubt we're going through some hard times but NEVER is a very long time.

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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Fri Jan 30, 2004 2:13 am

Listen Gator Fan. You're rinky dink title in '96 doesn't impress anyone anymore. When you can not get rolled up in your Bowl Game by Iowa, come talk to me.  Big grin
 
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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Fri Jan 30, 2004 5:54 am

KROC said:
I used to see Gators all over when I went fishing in Savannah.

Jcs said:
Alligators can only be found in the coastal areas of Georgia and I believe they can also be found in southern Georgia, as well, near Valdosta and Columbus. You won't find them up by Macon, Atlanta, and Athens.

KROC said:
Jcs. Great post. Way to say exactly what I said in my original post. A true Clone you are. Jeff in Richmond would be proud.

Nice job, KROC. You're always on top of things...  Yeah sure
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N6376m

Fri Jan 30, 2004 8:49 am

N6376m, A football game is 60 minutes long, just because you lead for 59 doesent mean anything!

Go Canes!!!

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RE: Alligators In Georgia?

Fri Jan 30, 2004 9:31 am

KROC says I used to see Gators all over when I went fishing in Savannah, in the inlets and such. I also had a friend who was stationed at Moody AFB in Valdosta and she opened the door to the weather station one night and there was Mr. Gator waiting. It was months before she would go outside that area alone again, lol.

Jcs says Alligators can only be found in the coastal areas of Georgia and I believe they can also be found in southern Georgia, as well, near Valdosta and Columbus. You won't find them up by Macon, Atlanta, and Athens.

Hmmm, Savannah is on the coast, hence costal areas. I mentioned Gators in Valdosta as well, as did you, after you swiped it. Nice job chief. Next thing you know, you will be making lame ass thread starters about plaid suits and pullovers V Sweaters.

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