Honestly, I have never feared Aligators; I'm a native Floridian. Humans are more destructive to our environment than any Aligator.
I am smart enough to avoid provoking them; they tend to stay in swampy areas. People who live near lakes should be vigilant about their pets & children (And reasonable, responsible parents are......).
I feel sorry for gators & other indigenous FL wildlife. These animals live here - FL is their habitat. But Humans & urban sprawl endangers & diminishes their longevity.
Live here and love it, but stay away from all freshwater ponds, lakes etc...and make sure you have a fence at least 4.5 ft high around your yard and pool. Period.
Let us all work dilegently to make sure you do not live in FLORIDA.
Those who exhibit such unmerited paranoia do succeed in DESTROYING what makes Florida, Florida. Please change your provide to read, 'Home buying in New Jersey." There are some exceptional agents who can help you find 'gator free communities in NJ.
Dramatized folks like yourself HAVE been successful in culling these prehisotic critters from area of easy access. Are sharks, stingrays, dolphins, turtles, eagles, owls, osprey, otters, racoons, cyotes, Ibis next on your list?This is a byproduct of those who refuse to take responsibility for themselves and their families and defer that resonsiblity onto the community and governing bodies. Florida represents a unique slice of paradise that you should only see from the proctected environment of a Disney theme park. Leave the rest of us to enjoy all that Florida offers, at her caotic best!
Florida is not and should not be a New Jersey mall. It should remain as wild as possible and as natural as when those Spaniards 'discovered' her. With 12 million citizens here already, it's time to pull up the bridge.
It's not too lake to reserve your spot on the Clyde Butcher swamp walks that occur annually the first weekend in September. IT's a real 'bucket list' item....and you WILL see a gator or two or three or...well, the guides have taken an oath to let the gators get them before they get you. And every years, dozens of guides are devoured....NOT! They don't even get a 'skeeter' bite.
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To them a pond in the woods is the same as a pond in a neighborhood or golf course. If gators are left alone they will not attack. However, if you invade their territory, there is a good possibility that it could be you vs the gator.
Some silly people feed gators which cultivate their taste for meat. This "tame" feeding increases the chances of gators becoming aggressive and wandering out of their natural territory looking for tasty morsels.
It is true that you can worry about anything. gator attacks may not be at the top of your list.
Brock Realty Inc.
Canals tend to have black water so you won't be able to see them. Large gators seek out larger bodies of water. Gator sightings tend to be rare in recreational lakes as they don't like all the noise with people and boats. The most important thing to remember is not to feed them,they are an animal in every sense of the word with no capacity for affection. Visit the florida wildlife website to learn more.
Don't get me started on the snakes. Mostly we have a lot of non venomous black racer snakes in my Westchase area of Tampa. I'm becoming an expert on identifying snakes. Another reason to have a screened in pool area!
It's all worth it though, when you see our beautiful green lush natural beauty with birds, deer, small animals and sometimes even a bobcat. Also our beaches are nice, too. (Okay not as nice as Hawai'i but nice enough)
And... comparing what you can buy in Tampa Bay versus a million dollar condo in Brooklyn with huge monthly fees, it's pretty much a no brainer. Still can't understand with technology why people still chose to live up north.
Even with our faults, I'm forever http://www.SoldOnTampa.com !
New York folks have to worry about West Nile Virus which is more common there than in Florida.
Those folks in Denver or Alaska need to worry about falling off a mountain, or stay off the mountain or avoid the edge. (behavior)
Those folks in Seattle need to worry about there X Games activities. (behavior)
If cats worry they need to know their are coyotes in EVERY state.
If one NEEDS to worry about something it should be those century oaks we love so much. When the next blow comes by, they are the cause of delayed power restoration.
I am an extremely outdoorsy sort of person. Every year I participate in a exploration where we meander for miles up to the waist in the water of the Everglades. Even when injecting myself into the environment of the 'gator' there are very practical things the observant and prepared person can do. If you are neither observant or prepared, it is best to stay out of the Everglades up to your waist in the swamp.
Everyplace has it's stuff. Tampa residents need to keep an eye on the pooch and don't let the cat run free. Being a good parent should take care of the rest.
THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT OBSERVANT OR PREPARED!
If you have a pond in the back yard, gators are there but they are the LEAST of your concerns. But its exciting to chat about to get those who want to embrace fear something the can wrap their arms around. Hmmm, not a good idea. (behavior)
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group,
Palm Harbor, FL