Julie Mancini
Archie Smith leans against his airboat as he waits for the start of the day’s alligator egg collection on the Ocklawaha Prairie.
Gator grab

Story by Colby Cranney & Amanda Barney -- For the Riverland News

This isn’t your typical egg hunt with gleeful children running around, bellowing shouts of joy.
In this egg hunt, there are no shouts of delights or laughter, but plenty of sighs of relief.
That’s because collecting alligator eggs is not an easy job, nor a task for the faint of heart.