Alligators are surprisingly agile when they want to be. They can climb over tall fences when walking from one lake to the next.
Or they can choose to just plow through whatever’s in their way like this Florida alligator below. It was presented with a normal backyard aluminum fence that it could’ve climbed over.
Instead, the alligator ripped apart the metal bars like Hulk Hogan ripping off his shirt in the wrestling ring.
The gator seems completely unbothered by the fence in its way and what’s unsettling for me, is this happened relatively near to where I live and I have the exact same fence design in my backyard on a lake.
WINK News weatherman Matt Devitt shared this video on Facebook that has since gone viral:
Now I’m sitting here imagining an alligator ripping open the bars to my backyard fence to come take a swim in my pool… Pete Thomas of For The Win notes that the size of this alligator wasn’t given. He does, however, list the largest gator ever measured in Florida. That was 14 feet and 3 1/2 inches long.
I don’t live in Placida where this was filmed but I’m only a short drive away. And it already appears to be PEAK alligator activity season here in Southwest Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission writes that “courtship begins in early April, and mating occurs in May or June” but specifies that alligators are most active “when temperatures are between 82° to 92° F (28° to 33° C).”
It was 88 degrees here yesterday and the alligators were OUT in full force. I took these pictures with my iPhone at Myakka State Park just a few miles away from my house.
You get bonus points if you can count the total number of alligators in the picture above.
In total, I probably saw over 150 Florida alligators yesterday swimming around the Myakka River or sunning on the banks of Myakka Lake in the State Park.
If you are in Southwest Florida, now is a very good time to do some nature watching as temperatures are on the rise.