“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
St. Martinville in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)


Beware: Wild and Dangerous

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March 16, 2018
1. Alligators! Marker
Alligators have been around since the age of the dinosaurs. Found only in the southeastern United States, American alligators inhabit freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers, marshes, swamps, and bayous. Oftentimes you may only see their eyes, heads or mouths protruding from the water's surface.

Adult alligators have virtually no predators, except man. As our population continues to increase and more of our remaining natural areas are developed, our challenge is to remember that we share this land with wildlife. Alligators are a natural part of Louisiana native habitat. By observing them from a respectful distance, man and alligator can continue to peacefully coexist.

Alligator's feed mainly on fish, turtles, snakes , birds and small mammals. Nests are built from mounds of decaying vegetation up to 3 feet high and several feet across. In the center of the nest, females lay 30-50 hard-shelled, 2-3 inch long eggs, which hatch in about 65 days. If the eggs and young do not fall prey to raccoons, skunks, and other predators, young alligators will stay together in a group or "pod" for the first year or more.
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March 16, 2018
2. Alligators! Marker
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Location. 30° 3.585′ N, 91° 36.584′ W. Marker is in St. Martinville, Louisiana, in St. Martin Parish. Marker can be reached from Levee Road (Parish Road 169) 8 miles south of Bayou Alexander Highway (State Highway 3083), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5400 Levee Road, Saint Martinville LA 70582, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Fausse Pointe (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lake Dauterive (approx. 3.1 miles away); Beau Pre-Circa 1828 (approx. 9.7 miles away); Bayside Plantation (approx. 9.8 miles away); Harry B. Hewes House (approx. 10.4 miles away); St. John The Evangelist Church Parish (approx. 10.6 miles away); Nicholas Provôt (approx. 10.9 miles away); Sorrel (approx. 11.6 miles away).
More about this marker. Located inside the Lake Fausse Pointe State Park. Entrance fees may be required.
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March 16, 2018
3. Alligator!
I saw him cruising through the grass. Pretty fast on land, too.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 29, 2018.   3. submitted on March 29, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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