Alligator Slide

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By adapting to the many small livestock ponds and wet-weather creeks, alligators ironically thrive amidst the prickly pear and mesquite of the arid South Texas Brush Country.  This alligator was captured on a Nikon DSLR camera trap as he slowly emerged from a slough in the brush.

A second camera captures a wider view and shows the precarious placement of sensors, flashes and the camera housing. Because alligators are cold blooded, they do not consistently trigger a passive infrared motion sensor. Therefore, this set uses an active infrared “beam break” sensor. If the alligator interrupts the invisible beam, a photograph is triggered.

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