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.