January 16, 2014 |
Alligators do their best hunting in the early morning hours, say scientists who tramped out into muddy Florida wetlands and strapped cameras onto the giant reptiles' backs. The findings, published in the journal PLOS One, reveals once-obscure aspects of the lives of the animals by taking the alligator's-eye view. Alligators and crocodiles, known together as crocodilians, are found throughout the southeastern United States. Scientists have studied their hunting and eating habits for years (a recent study even found that these cunning predators may actually use sticks to lure birds to their doom )
January 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Forget the chicken dinner, the rubbery staple of the political fundraising circuit. Go alligator hunting with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on a Louisiana Bayou Weekend for a campaign donation of $5,000. Or spend a weekend in Hayward, Wis., for the Lumberjack World Championships, featuring hometown Republican congressman and former lumberjack champion Sean P. Duffy, for a donation of $1,000 per person or $2,000 per political action committee. Or join Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey)
December 6, 2013 |
As if crocodiles and alligators weren't terrifying enough, scientists have discovered that these ancient, sharp-toothed beasts are incredibly cunning. So clever that they use lures to trap and gobble unsuspecting birds. The discovery in two crocodilian species - mugger crocodiles and American alligators - is the first report of tool use in reptiles, according to a study in the journal Ethology Ecology and Evolution. Some birds, like egrets, actually choose to nest around crocodile and alligator hangouts because they offer some protection from tree-climbing predators like raccoons, snakes and monkeys.
November 13, 2013 |
There's a new clue in the mystery of how a 2-foot-long alligator came to be abandoned at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Earlier, social media had pointed to a tattooed man . Now, it's a woman in a dark beanie being sought to find out how the gator wound up on the cold floor beneath an elevator at the Midwestern airport Nov. 1. Surveillance photos show the woman holding the reptile while aboard a train headed for O'Hare. She showed it to passengers before leaving the train at the airport station, according to the Chicago Transit Authority.
November 4, 2013 |
A small and ailing alligator was found and rescued Friday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, according to various reports out Monday. And to think, most of us don't attempt to get a soda through security. The most comforting quote to come out of the situation (emphasis ours): "Some human being physically carried it there and put it there. It's not big enough to operate automatic doors . " Well, thank goodness for small favors. That observation came from a Chicago Herpetological Society spokesman, speaking with the Chicago Tribune . The 3-year-old gator, approximately 2 feet long, was spotted under an escalator by a passenger, then broom-scooted into a box and placed in the care of the society, the paper said.
October 1, 2013 |
The limited-edition Coach + Billy Reid collaborative collection launched Tuesday, starring the most expensive bag that Coach has ever created: the $20,000 Warrior tote, crafted of Louisiana alligator in an ode to Reid's Southern roots. Reid , who hails from Alabama, received the Council of Fashion Designers of America's 2012 Menswear Designer of the Year Award. He is known for his deft tailoring and a look that reflects the relaxed sophistication of his Southern heritage.