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Watch: Best Reptile Encounters On PGA TOUR

Watch: Best Reptile Encounters On PGA TOUR
Best Reptile Encounters On PGA TOUR. Image by PGA TOUR via YouTube

Reptile encounters during PGA tours

Theres been some excitement brewing during the last few years at PGA tours. Not what you would likely expect… Not a hole in one, but gators, snakes, monitor lizards and even more of our scaled reptile friends.

Let’s slither into why these reptiles find themselves in these funny places and situations…

Alligator The Ambush Predators

Alligator
Alligator. Image via Depositphotos

Alligators are ambush predators. They rely on stealth and patience to catch their prey. So, these giants lie motionless, partially submerged in water, waiting for prey to come close enough for a surprise attack.

Social Behavior Of Alligators

Alligator
American Alligator. Image by Donald W DeLoach Jr, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Alligators are not solitary creatures. They have shown social behaviors. Such as forming groups called congregations. These congregations are seen in areas with limited resources or during mating season.

Maternal Care

Alligator
Image by Gaetano Cessati via Unsplash

Female alligators are devoted mothers. The are very protective of their nests and offspring. After laying eggs, they carefully guard the nest. Furthermore, they will aggressively defend their hatchlings from any threats. This includes other predators and humans.

Thermoregulation

alligator
By Gareth Rasberry – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27851773

Alligators are ectothermic. This means they rely on external sources of heat to regulate their body temperature. Therefore we often seen them basking in the sun. As well as moving between water and land to maintain optimal body temperature for digestion.

Bottom Line

Best Reptile Encounters On PGA TOUR.
Best Reptile Encounters On PGA TOUR. Image by PGA TOUR via YouTube

It doesn’t matter where you are, humans and animals will always share the same spaces. Therefore we must always be aware, mindful and most importantly prepared if we do have such encounters!

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