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Be Smart: Keep an Alligator Apart from Each Other

The government of Leon County, Florida implores you to engage in social distancing in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Stay at least six feet apart from each other.

But how much is six feet? Floridians need a guideline that they can readily understand. Alligators are an ordinary part of Florida life (I proposed marriage to my wife next to an alligator pond). So it's sensible to tell Floridians that they should keep an alligator's worth of space between each other.

-via Dave Barry


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Miss C, it wasn't until you mentioned that that I realized how unusual that warning might be. I was born in Miami (where Dave Barry worked for the Miami Hearld) and lived in Leon County. I can't count the number of times I saw an alligator - most often in parks and wildlife areas, but also in the city, and tourist place like Silver Springs. Last time I was in Leon County we went for a walk in the St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge. The scores of gators weren't scary ... until sunset when they started moving.
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