I look at the maps and consider the Mississippi in terms of one of its most enduring symbols, the alligator - a gator so huge and old and with such a dangerous tail that she's been put in a cage.
An alligator bite provoked by the bite bar, they say, is sort of like the reflex that occurs when a doctor taps a patient's knee with a special hammer; the bite response is the same in gators regardless of location.
In an experiment to test how the facial dots affect behavior, he placed young gators in a tank of shallow water so that they were half-submerged.
It is kind of hard to get wacky enjoyment out of flesh feasting sharks, slithery snakes, and jaw chomping gators .
You have coon hunts, gators snoozing in the middle of the town square (the townsfolk politely step around him so as not to disrupt his nap), and drunken brawls at town socials.
Its only natural predator is the alligator but the gators are full.
Once I was surrounded, the gators started to grin, and I mean grin, and showed me their razor-sharp teeth that were filed down to points (and could probably unhinge their jaws as well).
In repeated tests, other gators also responded the same way, lunging or at least turning their heads toward disturbances in the water - but only when their stubble of domes was lying along the plane of the water's surface.
One displaced family wrote a book and they hope that their simple story of a New Orleans cat, squirrel and a few gators will help kids communicate about the storm.
At 3: 45 a.m., the airboaters were rescued, along with the two gators they had bagged.