Crocodiles, Tortoises and Piggies, oh my!

Kerry with a giant tortoises, more below

He was saying, “I’m not going to talk to you unless you have baby carrots”.  This is a reserve close to Alvin, Texas called Crocodile Encounter.  It was literally in the middle of nowhere on a rough road that had just been repaved.  Even so, there was no room in the car park for me.  It was as hot as hell – 109 head index with humidity through the roof.  The shot below gives you a little feel of the conditions.

It wasn’t raining – this is the humidity on my camera.  I truly love alligators and crocodiles; primeval animals.  To be honest, I don’t know which ones were alligators or crocodiles because the heat had fried my brain.  I prefer reserves to zoos for all the obvious reasons and this sign describes why I liked it.

There are so many predators in the wilds of Texas that small crocodiles could be eaten.  It looked like crocodile heaven and even hog heaven.  I wanted to jump into the pool with the little piggy.

I loved that you could get really close to the animals.  We live alongside alligators all the time in south east Texas and these ones are really well fed.  In Louisiana we saw kittens playing close to an alligator who was basking in the sun.  Plenty of catfish to feed everyone.

This is such a beautiful crocodile, perfectly designed for living in the swamp.

Can you see me?

I love carrots!

On a slightly tangential note, I had a friend in Egypt who kept rescued tortoises, most of whom were endangered.  When they have sex, they moan and groan like they are starring in a porn movie.  It was the most hilarious noise I had ever heard; although the tortoises took love-making very seriously.  I suppose you would, if you were endangered.

48 thoughts on “Crocodiles, Tortoises and Piggies, oh my!

  1. Okay so a tad more dangerous than Safari Park in Stirling. The tortoises are lovely but crocs and alligators 🐊 oh my. I’d be terrified! You look like you’re having great fun.

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  2. Amazing post Kerry. I really enjoyed seeing the reserve through your words and the lens of your camera. The photo with moisture really did give a sense of the humidity.

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  3. It is always good to get close to the animals. You did look very close to the crocodile and good that you didn’t lean too far over. Haha, that is a good last shot, capturing the tortoise mid-much with food in its mouth up-close. Didn’t look like he wanted to share 😀 Was he really eating carrots??

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