Native Legend In their native habitat, many of the local people believe abronia to be venomous, and in some cases, they have a great fear of these harmless lizards. Listen to Christy Kroboth speaking to Outlook on the BBC World Service Join the conversation — find us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. Department biologists have conducted a dozen studies so far, with more in progress (or in the planning stage). They’ve sampled populations in five river systems, tagged individual fish and recorded their movements, and worked with gar anglers to learn how they use the fishery. By Michael D. Lemonick Sunday, May 21, 2006 WILFREDO LEE / APA 9-foot, 4-inch alligator bares his teeth as he is captured Monday, May 15, 2006, in a lake behind some homes in North Miami Beach, Fla.