Thursday, May 29, 2014

Citrus Center Gator

At one of those ubiquitous Florida Citrus Centers that dot the landscape around the Florida-Georgia border - you know, the ones who sell the baby sharks in jars - a billboard promises a "13 foot gator".

What they didn't tell you is that the gator is dead.

The taxidermied critter sits (Stands? Lays? Crouches? Whatever it is that alligators are doing) on a table, rather like an altar, surrounded by the gruesome visage of dozens of severed baby alligator heads. I can't think of many other animals where a display like this would be accepted so casually - snakes, maybe.

(Also, a 13 foot gator may sound impressive at first, but half of it's the tail and it's not as big as you probably pictured it.)

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