Colorado Alligator Farm with Zeb the Duck

Alligators in Colorado??   Of course.   Why wouldn’t a high altitude desert have alligators that live in tropical waters?   OK   This is why we have an alligator farm.

Alligator Farm in Colorado

Isn’t it funny how things happen?   Start raising fish, have fish parts for disposal, bring in alligators to remedy the problem.   Soon you have a tourist destination for Colorado alligators.   Then other humans had exotic pets like snakes and other reptiles.  Soon humans realize they cannot care for these animals as they grow to adulthood.   What to do now?   Take them to the alligator farm.

Large African Sulcata Turtle

Here is an African turtle.   He was abandoned here years ago.   Now there are several African turtles here.  Mom said turtles do not eat little rubber ducks.   Are you sure?   He is coming pretty fast.   But let’s slow down here.   First we park, enter building, pay our fee, and meet the first African turtles.   Before entering the first room, we pet this alligator, he feels like hard rubber.   Now Tom holds the alligator and I, Zeb the Duck, sit on the alligator.

Tom holding alligator. I’m riding on the alligator

This is fun.   Everybody that enters pets the alligator and gets their photo taken with their camera.   You can purchase the photo or use your own camera and take your own photos.   In the first room, we immediately notice the heat and humidity.   This room has many exotic, tropical animals.

Parrot

This parrot was very loud, but friendly.   We saw many snakes in cages.   All had been relinquished by their human owners, or rescued after being abandoned.   The alligator farm is becoming a sanctuary.   Remember all this started because some humans wanted to raise fish for human consumption.   Here is a green iguana.

Green iguana

Iguanas live in Central and South America and the male can grow to 6 or 7 feet (1.8-2.1 meters) in length.   Too big for a household pet.   Walking outside there are many alligator areas.   Fences are in place to separate the humans and alligators.   I, Zeb the Duck, am staying on the human side.

Alligators enjoying the sun

These alligators have water available, but seem to be soaking up the autumn sun.

Alligator has an overbite. Big, sharp teeth

These alligators seems to have an overbite.   I can see many sharp teeth.   I’m staying close to mom.   Here is Elmo the Emu.

Elmo the Emu

Elmo is mean.   He tried to kill his siblings and had to be moved to a separate area.   There is another area with more emu.   Elmo even put his head over his fence to snap at my humans.   Wow.   More distant cousins.

White ducks

Aren’t these white ducks beautiful and so graceful in the water.   I like this canal or river.

Swimming along the water

This alligator is leisurely swimming today.   Here are the rare stars of the alligator world.

White alligators

White alligators are rather rare.   They have only been found in the southeastern US state of Louisiana.   There were three layers of fences here.   The camera lens went through the first fence, but these additional fences made it difficult to take photos.  Baby alligators are about 8 inches (20.3 cm) long at birth.   Less than 1% of baby alligators survive to become adults.   Humans have not found any adult white alligators in the wild.   Born in the swamps and bayous of Louisiana, the white color makes them more visible to prey.   The theory is that they are quickly eaten by predators.   The sign says there are only about 100 white alligators in captivity.  And we are looking at three of them.   Years ago we visited the Alligator Farm and there were less fences. This is a photo of the white, albino alligator from 2013.

Albino alligator

This last alligator, Freeway, is probably mom’s favorite.

Freeway, an alligator TV star

This lady alligator was found wandering along the freeway.   She was taken to people that provide animals for movies and commercials.   Freeway starred in the Lubriderm commercials.    She was also in TV shows, including Dexter.   Mom enjoyed the Dexter series.   Now this is an alligator fact that surprises us.

Really??? Frozen alligators thaw and then swim??

Alligators can be in frozen water, thaw out and then swim to warmer water.   That is almost unbelievable and just amazing.   And fortunate for alligators and for us.   Wherever you go, you always learn something new.  Learn more at http://www.coloradogators.com   The alligator farm is 17 miles north of Alamosa, Colorado.    Visit our alligator farm.   It is fascinating.

Chanel the Bear Visits Jamaica

Jamaica!   Oh Chanel, that is exciting.   This duck has never been to Jamaica.   Mom said Jamaica, a Caribbean Island was colonized by the British and the island is beautiful.   Jamaica has mountains, rainforests, great scuba diving and wonderful snorkeling.   Here you are, entering Konoko Falls and Park.

Let's go to Konoko Falls

Let’s go to Konoko Falls

This beautiful area is in the Hills of St. Ann, overlooking the tourist area of Ocho Rios.   Your photo of this beautiful fountain shows a turtle in the water.

Turtle in the fountain

Turtle in the fountain

We love to see turtles.  Jamaica’s first people, the Taino Indians settled in this area.   Be careful Chanel, that man has something on his shoulder.

Man with huge iguana

Man with huge iguana

A really huge iguana.   The tropical landscape is breathtaking.   Thank you Chanel for these photos.   Jamaica looks beautiful and it seems that you had a great time there.

Iguanas are our new best friends

Iguanas look strange but they liked my Alaska cousin and me, Zeb the Duck.

Zeb the Duck with Alaska cousin.

Zeb the Duck with Alaska cousin.

On St. Thomas we stayed at Bluebeard’s Beach Club.  That is where our iguana friends live.

Our first day at Bluebeard’s Beach Club, we explored the grounds.  We found iguanas.  Mom and my Alaska uncle put us on the ground to see if the iguanas were curious.

Ducks first view of iguana

Ducks first view of iguana

Yes they were!  One iguana raced toward us.

This is really close

This is really close

Getting closer.  We were a little (OK, a lot) nervous.  Oh!

Kissed by an iguana!

Kissed by an iguana!

We were kissed by an iguana!   Several seconds later, the iguana strutted away and we resumed breathing.

The iguana kisses and leaves

The iguana kisses and leaves

What an experience.

Our iguana friends patrolled the grassy areas, lounged by the pool and supervised the beach.  They liked the pool bar area and sometimes the employees awarded the iguanas with bread.

One morning, eating breakfast at the pool bar, mom felt a nudge on her heel.  Our iguana friend was begging.  Mom is a push over for animals, so Mr. Iguana devoured most of her toast.  Satisfied, he lumbered into the grass for a nap.

Often we would see our reptile friends climbing or descending a tree.

Iguanas like trees

Iguanas like trees

They liked all trees.  We watched them in palm trees and mango trees.  Other human resort guests liked to watch the iguanas.  We were glad they were at our resort, but please, no more kissing.

Kissed by this iguana

Kissed by this iguana