THE OKEFENOKEE SWAMP
METROPOLITAN  NATURALIST
OKEFENOKEE SWAMP PARK, WAYCROSS GEORGIA      
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Replica Swamp Settlement with Alligator, Waycross, Georgia
American Alligator
American Alligator
American Alligator
American Alligator
An alligator named Judy. This gator was a resident of Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross,
GA. She was fed by the park staff and had become used to handouts. The park attendant called
Judy and the gator got up and walked toward us. I made sure I had the park attendant between
me and the gator while taking this picture. Feeding wild alligators is a dangerous thing to do and
could easily result in an accident when a hungry alligator associates humans with food and
possibly decides a small child would be a tasty snack.
A park attendant sits on the porch of a replica of an early swamp settlement home. The gator basking
on the lawn is Judy from the picture above. Feeding the wild gator created a dangerous situation
where a park visitor, possibly a small child, or park employee could have easily been attacked.
Alligators could be approached closely from the boardwalk trail and photographed.
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More information about the Okefenokee can be found at:
(accessed 4-18-2009)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okefenokee

http://www.fws.gov/okefenokee/

http://www.okeswamp.com/

http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-649

http://www.gastateparks.org/info/scfoster/

http://www.gabotsoc.org/articleOkefenokee2003.htm


In the Baltimore-Washington area, you can get a taste of the southern cypress swamps without the alligators and
water moccasins at
Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.
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