Since I moved to Texas, I've encountered a lot of creatures that I'd never seen in person before, some of them just hanging around my house. The first pic is of an alligator devouring some kind of large frog. I ran into this guy at a local botanical garden, right on the sidewalk between the cafe and the theater. Some people have seen alligators in my neighborhood, too, although they're mostly smaller than this one. The second pic is of a black-velvet leatherleaf slug. There are tons of these in my front yard! Apparently they're native to Paraguay and were first found in LA in 1960 but have spread to MI, FL, and east TX. (I live less than an hour from the LA border.) I also saw some huge bluish-grey heron in my backyard today, but it flew away when I tried to snap a pic of it. What kind of wildlife have you seen where you live?