PHOTO: Gator shows off it’s choppers at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

[Lisa Mayo Photo]

Wildlife photographer Lisa Mayo recently captured the pictured alligator showing off its pearly whites at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

Alligators have cool methods to regulate their body temperature. One way is to rest with their mouth wide open, which helps lower the gator’s body temperature. Maybe there’s a slight chance that a meal might wander or fly into the open jaws. That would be a cool bonus.

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