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Alligators in the Villages, a question.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:24 AM
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Smile Alligators in the Villages, a question.

I've been living here in the Villages for about nine months, and in my wanderings about I've seen quite a few gators. Most have been sunning themselves alongside retention ponds associated with golf courses, but I've also seem some in other ponds. So my question is: what do these native creatures eat. Do they catch ducks or other water fowl that hang out in and around the ponds? Do the powers that be stock these ponds with fish that the gators can eat. I've noticed people fishing in ponds that are not on golf courses, but I've also seen some ponds further north than where I am which are almost dry and there don't seem to be any fish flopping about in the mud.
I've managed to hit quite a few golf balls into the water, but I don't think these have much nutritional value.
So what's the real answer, all you experts??

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Old 03-28-2012, 01:58 PM
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Default They Eat Anything That Moves or Smells

Gators eat fish, fowl, other gators....just about anything that moves or smells rancid. I've witnessed the first 2.

Some ponds have been stocked by the Freshwater Fishing Club. With very low to no water north of 466, fish stocking may take place once the retention ponds are replenished. Eventually fish stocking may also take place south of 466a. No retention ponds will be stocked with gators.

Pet owners need to keep pets away from all ponds. As for golfers....forget it - you can't tell them if their Pro VI landed in the drink to leave it alone? I didn't think so.

And it's against the law to feed gators.

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Old 03-28-2012, 02:26 PM
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Last year I saw a gator take a Sandhill Crane in the pond on Turtle mound golf course. I imagine that they take some of the feral cats hunting around the ponds but I have never seen that happen.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:07 PM
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We saw a gator consume a large turtle that was sitting on a sandbar in the retention pond behind our house.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:56 AM
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Thanks for the info.
As far as food and survival in general, I guess the gators are pretty much on their own. Retention ponds don't exactly seem like ideal habitat, though. Not much vegetation in the water or around the shores for cover or hiding out. It seems they travel from pond to pond, but I don't know if they do this over land or if they can go from place to place thru the drainage pipes.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:50 AM
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Sometimes they eat golf carts....

Got this picture a couple of years ago....a 6 foot gator roaming around Bridgeport.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:53 AM
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They don't go overland. It is rare to see a gator on the streets. There have been instances of gators in yards, but these are rare as well. They much prefer an aquatic life.

Some people have been seen feeding gators, but that just encourages them to search for food out of the water. Not a good thing. And, once a gator is accustomed to leaving the water for food, it will be captured and killed. It is against the law to feed gators.
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I call them "Florida Lizards"
I call them dinner.
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Sometimes they eat golf carts....
We give our pet gator Gassy Gator Tummy Chews when he gets an upset stomach from eating golf carts! Click the image to open in full size.

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