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Are alligators in your backyard?

Not the real ones, no (but pleny of University of Florida Gator fans). We have seen one gator along a riverbank, a mile or so from our house. Some people on canals feed alligators, and so they will see them often (it’s illegal to feed them, by the way). Even so, it’s difficult for a gator to hop a seawall. When you hear about them, they are typically in outlying swampy areas that slope inland gradually.

A northern visitor who had never seen a pool cage (the screen enclosure around the pool and lanai), wondered if the pool cage was for keeping out alligators. Hmmm. We said yes and poured her another margarita.

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