Ralph Arwood Photography

Gator Nest 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018 1:06 AM

We found eight nests along Washout Road this year. The mother at the first nest was very protective. At times she would block the road.

This is the damage she did to the front tire!

Sometimes turtles try to lay their eggs in a gator nest. If they are successful, their eggs will have the added protection of the mother alligator. Sometimes the plan does not workout.


Bears are one of the biggest threats to the gator nest. Two of the eight nests were predated before we started filming this year. This young bear searched multiple nests. Fortunately for the gators, he had not perfected his nest raiding yet.

Even black vultures can be a threat to the nest.