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 conservation photographer and nature writer William Wise. Nature journaling and wildlife photography has been a favorite pastime since the ‘90s. I graduated from University of Georgia Warnell Forestry School's wildlife program in 1996. I'm currently an animal shelter manager/photographer and reside in Athens, Georgia, USA with my wife and two teenage daughters. My website www.williamwisephoto.com is a wildlife and birding photo website documenting the beauty, design and wonder of creation. I have a deep love of the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia. I became a devoted Christian in 1993 under a campus ministry while studying wildlife biology. My love of the outdoors quickly turned into a love for the Creator and His works. Creation Speaks is my teaching ministry that glorifies our Creator and teaches the truth of creation. I am also a guest author at Lee's Birdwatching Adventures and The Creation Club. The theme of my blogging comes from The Message version of Psalms 104 -- "What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, You made earth overflow with your wonderful creations."

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