This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Truth And Myths About Alligators

856 words - 3 pages

The first thoughts to occupy my mind upon hearing the term "alligator" are prehistoric, powerful, and yet graceful in water and beautiful. They have been around longer than many different living creatures that live on earth. It has been said, and I believe, that they are the closest things to dinosaurs that are left on earth. Being born and raised for the most part in Louisiana, alligators were somewhat of a common sight for me growing up. They live in most bodies of water around Southern Louisiana and can appear off-putting to the average out of state tourist. In writing this paper, my goals are to inform people about alligators and explain how and where they live and "what makes them tick", and also to put an end to the myth about alligators being blood-thirsty creatures like so many make them out to be.Contrary to popular belief, alligators are not ferocious beasts ready to pounce on any human being that crosses their paths. Alligators are extremely passive and tend to keep to themselves. It is only when they feel threatened by man or when they feel that their young are threatened that alligators tend to become aggressive. Alligator attacks are more common in Florida where big businesses and the urban sprawl of capitalist America moves in on their habitat. Toddlers and children like to play outdoors and at times venture into the reptiles territory and may be attacked and sometimes even killed. Many contractors in Florida build large subdivisions and housing developments in swampland where land is inexpensive and they, in turn, force the alligators out of their natural habitat. This is just one of the ways that humans "move in" and push out nature.... everything from fish and wildlife to trees and plants. These things are happening every day in Florida and Louisiana and other parts of the Southeastern United States. So as humans continue to move in and inhabit the Florida alligator's natural environment we have to be aware of them and careful so not to wander into their territory and make them feel threatened. It is these things that we as human beings tend to overlook when hearing of alligator attacks on the nightly news. It isn't that alligators are wild beasts looking for a quick meal but it is that we are in a sense taking away their homes and environment. One website puts this into perspective, "The Gator Hole" states that, "In Florida, alligators can be found in almost every single body of water, with the highest concentrations being in the Central Florida to South Florida region. Examples of prime alligator habitats are swamps, marshes, lakes, and drainage canals" (http://home.cfl.rr.com/gatorhole/). Female...

Find Another Essay On The Truth and Myths About Alligators

The Truth About... Serial and Mass Murders

1319 words - 6 pages A murderer is a murderer. There is no doubt about it, a person like that deserves to be punished for the crime they committed. However, not every killer is the same; there are some who are mass murderers who go on killing rampages for reasons of their own, and then there are the serial killers that love to kill people because it makes them feel some sort of emotion. People often mistake these killers as one and the same, but in reality they are

The Truth about Murder Essay

2301 words - 10 pages murderer in the dark alley way that we completely forget about the public murderer who sits in a fancy office making millions of dollars a year. The truth about murder is out there and the facts are not what an average individual would have expected. The truth is someone my like me, a young white male should be the most worried about being murdered and I should not trust the people around me especially my girlfriend. The truth is that although they

The Truth About Lawyers

1742 words - 7 pages The Truth About Lawyers Society often looks down upon lawyers. This is because lawyers have a long past of not being the most honest people. A lot of attorneys use many deceptive practices when they are presenting a case in court. A lawyer will need to do this when they are defending a criminal who is either thought or known to be guilty of a crime. Lawyers will sometimes, but not usually, lie to help their client. Many more will

The Truth about Prostitution

1123 words - 5 pages The Truth about Prostitution Prostitution is a major problem in the United States today. The way we treat these victims as criminals is simply unacceptable. Found in “Business Insider” a study of San Francisco prostitutes showed that as many as 68% of them have been raped and an astounding 82% had been assaulted. Also found on Business insider is a study conducted on the prostitutes in Colorado Springs which showed that prostitutes are 18X more

The Truth About Dragons

1060 words - 4 pages Dragons and dinosaurs, myth and fact, real and story- how do you separate the truth from fiction? You have heard of Cowboys and Indians, but how about Cowboys and Dragons or a snake-eating dragon from Egypt? Could there be another Nessie? This paper will bring up some interesting and often contradictory theories about Dragons. Starting with the thoughts of Evolutionists, then historical references and Biblical commentaries about dragons. This

The Truth About Forever

995 words - 4 pages “dark” (89) denotative~ with very little light, black, tinted connotative~ looming, scary The point of view in this novel shows Macy’s thoughts as she is speaking them, and uses words like I and me outside of dialouge. “And then I hit…” (89). Therefore, The Truth About Forever is written in first person point-of-view. The author probably chose to do this so that Macy could share her backstories and feelings directly with the readers, such

"The Truth About Tweens"

976 words - 4 pages "The Truth about Tweens" is an article dealing with issues facing children in the eight to fourteen age group. The article focuses on tweens' spending power, their insecurities and daily lives. The insets, "How Parents Can Help" and "The Age of Obsession", address the role of parents in the world of tweens.The beginning of the article focuses on the buying power of tweens, or 8 to 14 year olds. Marketers often target these "highly impressionable

The Truth about Depression

1788 words - 7 pages The Truth about Depression Depression: what is it? Is it really something you can control? How much does it really affect someone? Why do people suffer from depression? Several of these questions are brought to the attention of various professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and physicians, but not enough people seek the truth. Depression is commonly viewed as a bad day; people either believe they have

The Truth about Cannibalism

782 words - 3 pages The Truth about Cannibalism Typical Western thought directs people to examine the practices of cannibalism as savage and primitive. More often than not, this type of association exists because the people viewing the action are frightened and confused by that which they do not understand. In fact, some would even claim that, “cannibalism is merely a product of European imagination” (Barker, 2), thereby completely denying its existence

The Truth About Advertising

1619 words - 6 pages nothing (The Greatest Movie Ever Sold). While an overwhelming amount of advertising’s goal is to persuade consumers, despite all of the unnecessary elements of ads, they are vital to the economy. The truth about advertising is that its sole purpose is to create an economic advantage for a company by increasing their demand. Now, advertising may do that through carefully crafted persuasion, or cold hard facts, and that is where moral unrest may

The Truth About Ciggarettes

687 words - 3 pages The Truth About Cigarettes Did you know that one hundred years ago cigarettes were illegal in fourteen different states? Back then the supreme came to a wise conclusion about cigarettes, "They possess no virtue, but are inherently bad, and bad only". Since then, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding cigarettes. An addictive product responsible for: lung diseases such as asthma and emphysema; many different types of cancer; premature

Similar Essays

The Truth Within Creation Myths Essay

2343 words - 9 pages , but truth. When early man began pining for answers to everyday occurrences, they found them, usually. But, without records or tales, their origin (our origin) remained firmly beyond their comprehension. So, what is early man to do, so that he may sleep peacefully at night without such a nagging curiosity? He is to dream up creation myths, and, stemming from those, religion. Creation myths are fascinating examples of the values within the

Truth And Lies About The Computer Virus

1139 words - 5 pages encouraged by the fact that, in most cases, their victims are not at all eager to report the incidents to the police. And that is not all; assuming that the information reported by London Times is correct, they may even get paid a 'fee' for breaking in... a computer is broken into in Internet every 20 seconds... Whatever the truth about these incidents may be, the fact remains that current information systems are quite vulnerable to penetration

Telling The Truth About Love And Hate

829 words - 3 pages Telling the Truth About Love and Hate The Scarlet Letter is a story of many ideas and concepts. Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, it deals not only with adultery, society, and finally, it deals with the effects of being truthful and lying. I will discus the topics with my own views as well as those see in the novel.Hate and love are two very important feelings in the novel "Philosophically considered, therefore, the two passions seem essentially

The Truth About Physics And Religion

1158 words - 5 pages physics, and only religious followerscan know the truth of that religion; everyone else has to take it on faith.Many people believe that physics and religion are entirely separate. Theyclaim that physics is only concerned with discovering what is true or false, whilereligion is concerned with what is good or evil. Scientists appear to agree that"physics is the manner in which we argue about the objective side of reality."Religious followers, on