It is true. When I visited the Teatro-Museo Dalí in Figueres, Spain, I was fascinated by (what is probably) a crocodile with a clock in its belly. Somehow, these clockwork reptiles failed to loosen their grip on my imagination, became alligators for unknown reasons in the agitation of my mind, and worked their way into this comic.
Fitting in with the bling theme of this episode, here is the original gold-encrusted “gator”: