When I went to where this guy hangs out usually I spooked him. He spooked the dragonfly. Then the dragonfly landed on his head and he cruised back to near where I spooked/scared him from. I love the way an alligators eye looks a golden tone to it.
As you can see his head from tip of nose to eyes is about the length of 5 maybe 6 of the dragonfly. Based on the fact that the dragonfly is about maybe 3 inches long. This little guy is about lets say 5.5 x 3 so about 16-17 inches long. I would guess that he/she/it is about 2 years old give or take a few months. They grow about a foot a year for the first several years. Once they reach around 5 foot they are usually sexually mature or adults.
Now I am a bit concerned that the other two that hang out with him in this location have not been seen in about a month. So either they moved on to another territory up or down the swamp from here or became food for another alligator or predator althought at 2ish feet it is unlikely it was a wading bird that got it so maybe one of the raptors .
I did see one other small Alligator but it was off about 50-80 yards from me .
The tail part of this guy sticking up is what caught my attention because it did not belong and was either a stick or a gator tail but given the sharp look to it I was betting it was an alligator before I brought my camera up to my eye.