This week Donnette and I made an early morning trip to Lake Martin to take photos just after sunrise. While driving the levee road on the east edge of the lake, we spotted this dark shape in the water shaded by a small shoreline tree.
It was the head of a large alligator. (I say “large” because, although it remained motionless and its body never surfaced, its head seemed much larger than those of the 8- to 10-ft alligators I’ve have seen in the lake.) Its eyes and forehead are in the center of the photo, and its snout is sticking out of the water just below the center.
I wish I could have taken a better portrait of this alligator, but the shoreline grass allowed no better shooting angle, and the gator never moved the entire time we were there. I probably would never have posted this image based on how it looked on the LCD screen of the camera, but when I later saw a larger version my computer screen, I though it might be interesting to others.
Here is a tight crop of the above image.
Three frogs are clearly visible on the alligator’s head: one above and behind the alligator’s left eye, one between its eyes, and one farther down its forehead near the waterline. I think there is also a fourth below the its left eye.
Because I am totally ignorant in matters biological, I would appreciate a comment from any reader who may have an explanation of what is going on here.
The location from which these photos were taken is shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.