1. American Croc
The northernmost tip of this tropical crocodile’s range extends into the Florida Keys and the mangrove swamps of the southern tip of Florida. Once rare in the U.S., it has made a come back, partly due to the warm waters coming from the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant.
2. Tomistoma schlegeli
The Tomistoma, or False Gharial, or Sunda Gharial, is a unique and rare narrow-snouted crocodilian, once thought to be related to the Indian Gharial. It is an inhabitant of peat swamps in areas of the Malaysian peninsula and the island of Borneo. I find the Tomistoma to be one of the most attractive crocodilians because of it’s slender, graceful snout and its unusual coloration.
3. Three Young Salties
Saltwater Crocodiles are perhaps the largest species of crocodilian, and a notorious man-eater in many parts of its range. Despite their reputation, I find them to be an attractive species, displaying the essence of “crocodile” in its form.
4. Crocodile Dreams
Thick, rugged body armor covers the backs of these sleeping giants. These are farm-bred hybrids, a cross between the endangered Siamese Crocodile and the Saltwater Crocodile, bred to grow very large very quickly. The Raja birdwing butterfly belies the immense power of the crocodile sleeping beneath it.
5. Gator Reflections
With their eyes at the water’s surface, alligators live in a symmetric world of reality and reflection. This makes for some interesting compositional possibilities, and one I never tire of.
6. Moonlight Swim
As nocturnal animals, alligators are most active at night, when they cruise the waters in search of food or mates. Like other nocturnal animals, their retinas tend to reflect light easily, making their eyes glow with the reflected light of flashlights. This makes a spooky sight when you sweep a flashlight over waters occupied by ‘gators.
7. New Guinea Crocodile
This close up of the face of a new Guinea Crocodile is a map of crocodile texture. It is nearly an abstract image, but retains enough features of the animal to say, “Crocodile” with an emphasis on reptile. The teeth, the staring eye with a vertical pupil and the reptilian armor convey the message.
The smallest dark spots in the scales of the croc are tiny sense organs, bundles of nerves that convey a sense of touch and possibly the electrical fields of prey animals.
8. Maternal Instincts
Crocodilians are among the very few reptiles that will defend a nest and watch over their young. They gather a pile of leaves and other compostables, and lay their eggs in the warm pile. When the young hatch, they carry them to the water in their jaws, where the young remain in the vicinity of their mother for up to a year. Perhaps they are demonstrating behaviors like birds, who share a common ancestor with crocodilians and dinosaurs.
9. "Shadow Dragons"
These crocodiles are resting in the shade on a hot day. As ectotherms, they rely on behavior to regulate their body temperature, seeking out warmer or cooler places. This is a hybrid, a cross between the Siamese Crocodile and the Saltwater Crocodile. Hybrids are advantageous for farmers as they grow quickly to a large size. However, they can endanger wild populations if they escape.
10. "Morelet's Crocodile" 11x14
A Morelet's Crocodile suns itself on the bank of a forest stream in Central America.
11. "The Indian Gharial" 11" x 14" scratchboard, work in progress
12. "Mother's Love" 12" x 9"
A female alligator carries its young from the nest to the water.
13. "Leaping Croc" 12" x 9"
A Saltwater Crocodile leaps up to grab a Flying Fox.
14. "Black Caiman" 8" x 10"
Melanosuchus niger, the Black Caiman, is the largest specie of caiman reaching lengths of 20 feet.
15. "Yacare Caiman" 8" x 10"
The Yacare Caiman is a small species, 2 to 2.5 meters in length. It is found in central South America, including Brazil's Pantanal region, where it makes up what might be the largest population of crocodilians on Earth.
16. "Running Croc" 8" x 10"
Crocodilians can get up off the ground and run when they need to, but only for short distances.
17. "Nile Crocodile" 11" x 14"
Floating among the reflections of papyrus, the Nile Crocodile displays the typical profile of a crocodile in the water, with just its eyes and nostrils above the water line.
18. "Smooth-Fronted Caiman" 8" x 10"
The Smooth-Fronted Caiman lives in upland forest streams of the Amazon basin.
19. Chinese Alligator 9" x 12"
20. Slender-Snouted Crocodile
PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS:
21. Everglades Morning 15" x 20"
In the still, reflective water of a quiet morning in the Everglades, an Alligator floats without moving. It may be waiting for breakfast to brush up against his sensitive mouth, or it might be resting in the warm water, waiting for the sun to take the chill out of the morning air before it hauls out on a bank to sun itself. Coots and a Florida softshell turtle know to keep their distance.
22. Mangrove Morning 12" x 24"
The American Crocodile inhabits brackish to salty water environments in Florida, the Caribbean and Central America, which includes the mangrove forests of the Everglades.
23. The Tomistoma 20" x 30"
The Tomistoma, or Sunda Gharial suns itself in a jungle peat bog in Borneo.
24. Cypress Sunrise 12" x 24"
The Alligator in a cypress swamp, one of the many freshwater habitats it occupies in the southeastern United States.
25. Mother's Love 9" x 12" Graphite
A female American Alligator transports its newly-hatched young from the nest to their watery nursery.
26. Yacare Caiman 8" x 10"