They Are So Cute When They’re Sleeping

Last week I came upon this alligator that was snoozing contentedly in the swamp. It had found a nice comfy spot in among the soft green swamp weeds to take it’s afternoon nap. I guess he heard me rustling around there at the edge of the swamp because he lifted up his head just a bit, opened up his eyes and took a look at me. I felt bad that I had disturbed his rest, and he gave meย aย look as if to say…”oh it’s you again, that pesky photographer. Can you please keep it quiet so I can sleep?!”

I gave him his wish… after grabbing a couple of quick shots I moved on and left him dozing in his special spot. I didn’t go back to check on him, but I’m quite sure he went right back to sleep!

Alligator Sleeping in the Swamp

Alligator Sleeping in the Swamp

54 thoughts on “They Are So Cute When They’re Sleeping

  1. I think “cute” might not be quite the right word, Phil. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m with Gunta…..hope you aren’t too close when taking your amazing pics. He looks really wily in that last shot. I’m sure he was thinking how good you’d taste for lunch, but was just too lazy to make the effort. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  2. Great shots! Maybe he’s resting after a big meal and that’s why he’s so happy :). Hey guess what?? We are going down to visit my parents where they are staying on Isle of Palms for a week in March. I know you are further north than that, but any suggestions you might have for places to see wildlife in that area would be greatly appreciated. I would love to see even a fraction of what you see :).

    • That’s quite possible. Some of them may be tired of having me around all the time. We saw this guy’s big brother this afternoon and he made a noise that’s hard to describe and harder to translate. I’m not sure what he said but it did not sound extremely friendly. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • He does have a sly little grin doesn’t he?! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to know just what some of these animals are thinking. Maybe this guy just wants me to leave so he can sleep in peace? ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. He looks so comfortable, lazing away in that sunshine. Do alligators ever make little noises of pleasure, like a cat purring? He looks like he ought to be purring, but I’m pretty sure they don’t do that!

    • Oh he is very comfortable indeed! I have seen them take more time then you would think picking out just the *right* spot to nap comfortably. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Funny you should mention noises, yesterday afternoon we saw this boy’s big brother in the swamp and at one point he made what I can only describe as a sort of ‘huffing’ sound. He puffed up his lower throat and exhaled loudly which made a somewhat disturbing noise. Not sure what it meant. Could be he was saying Hi but I don’t think so.
      Thanks for looking at these photos!

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