Of course, the University of Florida mascot is the Gator, so everyone in Florida is familiar with the reptile. However, golfers in Florida are also familiar with the reptile as almost every course has at least one resident "gator". In fact, the spring seems to be mating season, so there are warnings in the newspapers to be vigilant because alligators move deceptively swiftly and are on the roam. Thank goodness the housing development where I live doesn't have any alligators in the water retention ponds. At a future date, I'll tell you about the ducks--fair warning!
Anyway, Hyla Hurley at The Point of It All wholesale needlepoint has a beginner canvas of an alligator. It's on 10 mesh and is a snap to stitch. (She also has a larger version that can be made up as a standing stuff or doorstop.)