Description: Notch code BKL is an adult male alligator from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge who measures 9’10” (3m) long and weighs roughly 260lbs (118kg)! BKL is the 5th animal to be incorporated into the satellite tag study from Okefenokee Adventures. Based on previous observations and communications with staff at Okefenokee Adventures, we believe that this animal may be a dominant male in this area. BKL has an interesting distinguishing feature as one of the teeth on his lower jaw has grown up through the upper jaw and is visible when his mouth is closed. This phenomenon is unusual but has been documented before, even by our field team. It does not affect his ability to survive in any way and he most likely doesn’t even notice it now that it is healed. In order to protect the animals located in the National Wildlife Refuge, we do not name or disclose any locations of the alligators located within the federal boundaries of the wilderness areas.
BKL Overall Map
This Map shows the movements of BKL over the 10 months (November 2021 – Current) that he has had a satellite tag. BKL has a fairly small home range in one of the prairies in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. His territory is close to a few other alligators we have tagged and seems to overlap slightly with alligator BEN.