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13 Mar

No Birdies, Just Alligators on This Florida Golf Course

Golfers at Florida's Myakka Pines Golf Club not only have to deal with the challenges of the 27-hole golf course, but also with alligators who tend to lounge on greens.

The club shared photos snapped by a member on their Facebook account last week and the photos have since gone viral, according to a story in The Guardian. Apparently, alligator sightings on the golf course are so common, the club has instituted a rule if a gator is spotted: don't go to the green, instead take two putts.

“It’s impossible to play 18 holes and not see at least one alligator,” Mickie Zada, Myakka's general manager, told The Guardian. “When you’re in Florida, you’re going to see alligators.”

The club, located in Englewood, Fla., is housed on open land near the Everglades, thus making it a great location for the gators to trek through on the way to swamps - or on the hunt for food, new territory or a mate now that winter is ending and the temperatures are warming up.

Check out how the Gator Boys handled a gator on another Florida golf course:

21 Feb

Who Knew? Crocodiles Like to Play - and Give Each Other Piggy Back Rides

Photo: Jeff Foott

Leisure and happiness? This is far from usual crocodile demeanor, isn't it? 

Contrary to popular belief, crocodilians are quite the playful bunch: crocodiles, alligators and caimans. The three species piggyback their mates frequently from place to place like the two above. 

According to an article in National Geographic, they also blow bubbles, play with flowers and snap up stream, which are only a few of the 15 playful behaviors zoologist Vladimir Dinet observed over his 3,000 plus hours of research. 

The zoologist is the forerunner on crocodilian play research, observing how crocodiles engage for enjoyment. Not that any other scientist hasn't ever noticed that crocodiles play, but Dinet is the first person to actually write about it. His published piece is titled, quite rightly, "Play Behavior in Crocodilians."

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30 Jul

Gator Boys: All New Season!

This Sunday, August 3rd, the wait is finally over! The Gator Boys are back for an all new season and it's all being kicked off with a special two part season premiere beginning at 8PM E/P! This season will be sure not to disappoint as the team continues their work to capture gators, move them to more suitable homes, and educate the public about these fascinating creatures.


Sunday's two-part premiere will also mark a Gator Boys first as the team travels to Mexico. Gator Boys leader, Paul Bedard has been asked to help an aquarium in Mazaltan start up thier own no-kill crocodile resuce and also to help with the hunt for  the legendary monster-croc, "El Diablo,"  which has terrorized the locals for quite some time now.

The adventure never stops for the Gator Boys, so be sure to tune in every Sunday at 8 PM E/P to find out what Paul, Jimmy, and the rest of the team are up to. Until then, take a look back and enjoy this compliation of some of the team's best catches!

23 Jul

Alligator Crashes Teens' Camping Trip

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S'mores, spooky stories and a campfire make up a typical, safe, night of camping.

For a group of teens in Texarkana, TX, things became truly spooky when a large guest decided to join the fun. The kids heard something perusing around their tent, but didn't know the size of the visitor until the next day.

The next morning, while swimming in a pond, they were chased out by an eight-foot-long, 300-pound alligator. A wildlife expert said the alligator could have seen the kids as prey, if the gator was indeed following them. 


This isn't the only time someone has been chased from a nice swim! Watch when Paul and Jimmy, from Gator Boys, had to rescue a gator from someone's pool. 

Make sure to tune in to an ALL NEW season of Gator Boys, August 3rd at 8/7c!

8 May

Why Did the Alligator Cross the Road?


South Carolina Rep. Wendell Gilliard caught a rather large alligator answering that question during  his trip through Georgetown, S.C., this past Sunday.

In this case, the gator looked like it was attempting to go one way, then changed its mind and headed back in the direction of some swampy water. Watch the video below:

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11 Apr

Sonic Who? Watch Peanut the Hedgehog Speeding onto APL!VE

Look out, Sonic! There’s a new guy on the scene and he’s aiming to dethrone you as the speediest, spikiest hedgehog of all time! Weighing in at a healthy 375 grams, 2-year old Peanut has his racing paws on and is allowing Animal Planet L!VE to follow his bold quest on Hedgehog Cam. a pint-sized athlete isn’t easy, but Peanut sure doesn’t let it show. By day, he’s like any other nocturnal creature. He spends his days sleeping and burrowing deep into his bed at Tru Chance Hedgehog Rescue & Rehab. But once the sun goes down and the lights go off, Peanut is raring to go. His nightly regimen consists of runs on the wheel, bulking up on mealworms, keeping hydrated, and then showing off for the camera!


You can watch Peanut’s training sessions each night thanks to our partners at Tru Chance Hedgehog Rescue & Rehab, an approved rescue with the Hedgehog Welfare Society. Tru Chance is dedicated to caring for all hedgehogs that come through their door, placing some in loving new homes, permanently housing those who are not able to be adopted due to medical or temperament issues, and teaching others how to responsibly care for these often misunderstood exotic animals.  They are currently the home to 14 hedgehogs including the dynamic and speedy Peanut!

Meet Peanut the Hedgehog after dark on APL!VE.>>


 Not quite dark yet?  Learn more about Hedgehogs by watching this clip from Pets 101:



26 Feb

Gator Boys: Paul Bit Over 30 Times, Says on Today Show

Paul and Jimmy visited Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the Today Show this morning to introduce them to a couple of their scaly BFFs and give them some words of wisdom when it comes to facing gators in the wild ... in short? Paul suggests, "Just run."

Paul also confirmed that he's been bit over THIRTY times and has probably lost gallons of blood. *ick*

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26 Dec

Gators and Crocs Use Sticks To Attract Prey, Studies Show

Watch out for gators and crocs near sticks. (Photo Credit: Debbie Tubridy/TNWA Photography)

As we’ve learned from watching Gator Boys, alligators aren’t animals to mess around with. But while we may fear gators and crocodiles for their physicality, it’s their brains that we should be more afraid of.

Recent studies show both species are patient and quite cunning when looking for prey. It seems that both crocodiles and alligators balance sticks on their snouts near nesting colonies in an attempt to attract birds, according to a story from the Huffington Post and ScienceNOW.

The practice was first observed as an Indian zoo back in 2007. There, a behavioral ecologist named Vladimir Dinets saw crocs balancing sticks near a rookery where egrets look for sticks to build their nests. Once an egret would approach, the crocs would snap and lunge for the bird.

We’re sure Jimmy and Paul would agree that these animals are a lot smarter than we think. Visit the Gator Boys page for more gator goodness, including photos, video and more.

3 Sep

Alligator hunters break size record within an hour of one other

Mississippi is only days into its alligator hunting season and three records have already been broken, some within hours of each other.

Dustin Brockman and his friends with the 727-pound gator they caught Sept. 1. (Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks)

 On Sept. 1, Beth Trammell and her team caught a gator that weighed 723.5 pounds, breaking the state’s previous record of 697.5 pounds, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. But that record would be short lived, after Dustin Brockman and his group caught a gator weighing 727 pounds an hour later. Trammell’s gator was the longer of the two at 13-feet, 5.5-inches, just missing the length record by a measly inch.

Beth Trammell and her team caught a gator that weighed 723.5 pounds, holding the size record for just one hour. (Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks)


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18 Mar

Gator Boys Update: Paul is Okay After Gator Bite to the Head!



Many have been asking so we wanted to give the latest on Paul: HE IS OKAY!! We promise!

Here's an update directly from Paul:

"I've had five bites total and three of them were worse than this one. All five times the gator spit me out, so either I have a great relationship with the guy upstairs or I taste really bad. I'm fine ... as far as I know. My brain seems to be working as well as it did before!"

Paul and Jimmy have rescued an estimated 500 alligators in the last ten years, and they have had approximately 60 stitches to prove it. THEY may be pros ... but seriously: DO NOT try this at home. ;)

Watch the biting moment below from the season finale!


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Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for She loves dogs so much it hurts. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook for the cutest animal posts EVER.

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