Hello, Friends! I'm happy to report that I'm officially allowed to do a wee bit of work each day, as I progress (slower than a turtle in a mud puddle) toward full recovery. Believe me when I say I wouldn't wish this bug on anyone. Okay, maybe there IS that one guy . . . he knows who he is . . . but other than HIM, nobody else. It's been weeks since I've been able to do more than cough, blow my nose, and moan and groan. (Might as well go for broke when you're that miserable, I always say.) But the good news is, I can spend a few short periods of time at my computer again, so I wanted to touch base with you folks, before you forget all about #NotesFromTheRiver.

On my last real post, I focused on the differences between the American alligator and the American crocodile. Starting next week, I'll be giving you a lot more information on alligators, since they are the reptile most associated with Florida, and very, very common in the St. Johns River Basin area. Along with some excellent photography (much of which will be pictures Doug Little has taken from on board the Naiad), I will be talking about the following:

Baby Alligators
(What they eat, what eats them, how fast they grow, and the perils they face)

Slightly Larger Alligators
(Where they pop up, life expectancy by this age, dangers they still face)

Large Alligators
(Record sizes, how long they live, mating habits, and more.

Albino Alligators
(How many are known to exist, health problems, why they can't survive in the wild)

Leucistic Alligators
(How they differ from albinos, their health and longevity, and their extreme rarity)

I have a host of other interesting, fun, and occasionally scary tidbits to share with you, so I hope you'll be back next week for more. I promise, it will be worth it. And the next time you find yourself on just about any body of water in Florida, you'll be able to wow your friends and family with your vast stock of alligator trivia. (Aw, come on. You KNOW that will be fun. Right? Kinda?)

Until then, stay safe, healthy, and happy! And here's one last picture to make you smile!

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(NOBODY Messes with THIS Taxi!)

See you next week!