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A green mark is put on each alligator egg as it is harvested from the nest at Lake Miccosukee to mark the top of the egg so that it is never turned over for fear of injuring or drowning the baby alligator inside July 19, 2007. A group of 14 men from both the Florida Wildlife Commission and private commercial  gator farmers collected 562 eggs at the lake on the Leon County line in Jefferson County .  319 eggs were harvested from a dry Lake Iamonia in northern Leon County earlier in the day.  The eggs are uncovered in the nest, marked and removed as gently but quickly as possible as the female alligator is almost always in a wet hole nearby, sometimes as close as a few feet, and have been known to lunge out in an attempt to protect their nest.  In addition to the female alligators, water moccasins, hornets, ginnie wasps and fire ants favor the alligator nests and the wet vegetation around them.  (Mark Wallheiser/TallahasseeStock.com)

A green mark is put on each alligator egg as it is harvested from the nest at Lake Miccosukee to mark the top of the egg so that it is never turned over for fear of injuring or drowning the baby alligator inside July 19, 2007. A group of 14 men from both the Florida Wildlife Commission and private commercial gator farmers collected 562 eggs at the lake on the Leon County line in Jefferson County . 319 eggs were harvested from a dry Lake Iamonia in northern Leon County earlier in the day....
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