Saturday, July 01, 2006

You May Have To Live in Florida To Appreciate This One

The Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen, golfers and tourists in general to take extra precautions and keep alert for alligators while in: Alachua, Marion, Lake, Collier, Lee, Seminole, Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Putnam and Orange counties.

They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells on their shoes or clothing to alert but not startle the alligators unexpectedly. They also advise the carrying of pepper spray in case of an encounter with an alligator.

It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of alligator activity. People should learn to recognize the difference between small young alligator and large adult alligator droppings.

Young alligator droppings are smaller and contain fish bones and possibly bird feathers. Adult alligator droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper spray.

*Updated to add - I didn't make this up, I got it in an email. My creativity is limited, you know.

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Blogger C. said...

I was just lecturing my mom about walking the (very delicious) maltese by the lake near her house. I was sure they'd both be eaten. Talk about a vacation story for the kids to tell on the first day back to school.

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

Priceless. And great advice! Thank you for the PSA.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Girl, you are tooooooo much! Love it!!!

7:58 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

Aligators? Florida sounds like a place I'd like to visit. Thanks for the heads up.

11:59 PM  
Blogger mk99 said...

Poop that jingles! What a great xmas gift.

12:13 AM  
Blogger Diary of a motherless daughter said...

And to think people here (Mich)save up for months just to travel all day to vacation in your state...!
Great posting...too funny!

3:12 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I'm not picking through any alligator droppings to find out if it's an old fella or a spring chicken! LOL

5:42 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

that is precious. I don't think living in florida is required to appreciate that one. I'll have to keep that in mind next time I'm in Florida. genius. Absolutely brilliant. ;o)

12:23 PM  

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