February 6, 2004 by

Annie Miller

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Alligator Annie, the Cajun naturalist and professional snake handler, has given her last tour of the Louisiana swamps.
Born on the Bayou Black River, Miller grew up in a family of trappers. She continued the trade after marrying Eddie Miller and raising two boys, sometimes catching up to 200 snakes a day to sell to zoos and laboratories. The couple also tamed otters, two of which were later sold to Walt Disney Productions and featured in the films “An Otter in the Family” and “A Day in Teton Marsh.”
In 1979, the Millers founded the state’s first swamp boat tour business. Annie’s nickname was born from her knowledge and love of alligators. During tours, she’d call the creatures to the boat and point out each animal’s special markings.
Her work on the swamps earned her an award from the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and led officials in Terrebonne Parish to declare sections of the marsh and bayous as alligator preserves. In 1991, she was named the state’s Minority and Woman Business Person of the Year. “Alligator Annie, The Biography of Annie Miller,” by Deborah Rose Burton, was published last year.
Annie Miller died on Feb. 2 from heart disease. She was 89.

3 Responses to Annie Miller

  1. Deb O'Nair

    I am so lucky to have been on a tour with Annie Miller in 1987 on my honeymoon. She was one of a kind, a real throwback to backwoods life. A pioneer woman with soul and spirit. I am going back to the bayou this spring and will do the tour again with her son.

  2. Janet West

    Dear son of Annie,
    In 1984 I took a wonderful tour of the swamps with your Mom. It was one of the most memorable days of my 6 months trip around the USA, Mexico and Canada. She was so knowledgeable and dedicated to her trade. I learned that the swamp is a beautiful, fragrant place (I had imagined it to be ugly and odorous). When the hurricanes hit I kept saying,” I hope Annie is okay”. One of my friends said,” Check on the internet”. So I did, I am so sorry to hear of her death. I am now 75 and am so glad I had the chance to meet and know your Mom. Maybe I’ll be back; keep the Swamp Boat going. Janet

  3. Lexie

    I am so proud to be the great grandaughter of annie miller. She inspired so many people. I look up to her in so many ways!
    She ispired me so much to write a social studies prject about her. I never really knew her that well, but I hope to get to know her better when I am writing this report!
    Love,
    Lexie Bonvillain

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