Alligator in Red Water

« Back to Okefenokee Swamp-Blackwater Country, April, 1992 National Geographic Magazine

An American alligator suns in shallow, tannin-rich waters of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia.<br />
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An adult alligator can reach 8-12 feet long weighing 400 to 500 pounds. The primitive reptile was nearly hunted to extinction for sport and for it's leathery hide which is used for shoes and purses. <br />
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Established in 1937, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge protects the waters, wilderness and wildlife of the 438,000-acre Okefenokee Swamp. <br />
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The red hue of the water which when reflective looks like black coffee, is caused by the acid released from decaying vegetation.
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An American alligator suns in shallow, tannin-rich waters of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia.

An adult alligator can reach 8-12 feet long weighing 400 to 500 pounds. The primitive reptile was nearly hunted to extinction for sport and for it's leathery hide which is used for shoes and purses.

Established in 1937, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge protects the waters, wilderness and wildlife of the 438,000-acre Okefenokee Swamp.

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