Okefenokee Alligator Battles

American Alligator with an injured deformed nose, missing nostrils and teeth. Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Stephen C Foster State Park, Georgia. March 2019. (c)www.williamwisephoto.com. Please don’t steal my photos. Download and use legally at Dreamstime.com.

During our 2019, paddling trip through the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, we came across a unique alligator. This big gator was missing the end of its upper snout. I suppose it could have been born with a deformity, but I guess it was injured in a fight with another gator. Its nostrils were missing and a good bit of scar tissue was built up along the edge. Several of the bottom teeth were missing as well.

As it was sunning on a log, we pushed our canoe up for some closer photos. But as we crossed its comfort zone, it retreated into the water. We saw it again later in the day as we were paddling back to our camp at the Stephen C Foster State Park campground.

American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 12:56 PM EST
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Coordinates: 30.83796, -082.34352

iNaturalist observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21703998

American Alligator with an injured deformed nose, missing nostrils and teeth. Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Stephen C Foster State Park, Georgia. March 2019. (c)www.williamwisephoto.com. Please don’t steal my photos. Download and use legally at Dreamstime.com.

Published by William Wise

Hi, I’m wildlife photographer and nature writer William Wise. I was saved under a campus ministry while studying wildlife biology at the University of Georgia. My love of the outdoors quickly turned into a love for the Creator and His works. I'm currently an animal shelter director and live in Athens, Georgia with my wife and two teenage daughters. My website www.williamwisephoto.com displays "Creation Speaks", a teaching ministry that glorifies our Creator and teaches the truth of creation, "Nature Notes", a wildlife and birding photo blog documenting the beauty and design of God’s creation, and "Waltonpets Furtography Blog", my animal shelter dog rescue photography blog. -- "What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations." Psalms 104, The Message.

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