Its Gator Mater Season And A 10 Footer Was Just Caught Under A Car

The video from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s body cam shows a pretty big gator where you wouldn’t want to find one.

Its gator mating season and that means that gator maters, as I’m calling them, are heading out of their normal spots looking for love. Like this 10 foot friend who was found under a car in a Tampa apartment complex parking lot. Now we all know living in Florida means that gators go where they want when they want and we all learn to live around them. But during mating season they will travel outside of their usual stomping grounds to find some frisky friends. So keep your head on a swivel so you’re not surprised by a randy reptile, no matter what part of Florida you’re in.

Deputy Wheaton's Gator Call 2021

You may have seen this gator in a few viral TikToks recently, but it doesn’t get better than this angle from Deputy Wheaton’s body cam! 🐊 On March 31, #teamHCSO and MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife received a call at 8:45 a.m. regarding an alligator under a parked car at an apartment complex in Tampa. The caller advised there was a pond nearby, but this was no small gator… it was 10’2”!!! FWC dispatched a contracted nuisance alligator trapper to transfer the alligator to an alligator farm. The gator was not harmed and fortunately, no one was injured. People with concerns about an alligator should call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 𝟴𝟲𝟲-𝟯𝟵𝟮-𝟰𝟮𝟴𝟲 IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR — it’s mating season and in general, gators become more visible and active during spring and summer! When temperatures rise, their metabolism increases, and they start looking for food. HCSO and FWC want to make sure you know what to do in the event you find yourself in a similar situation as this one! 🚨 Keep a safe distance 🚨 Keep your pets on a leash and away from the water’s edge 🚨 Swim only in designated swimming areas during the daylight (gators are most active between dusk and dawn) 🚨 NEVER feed a gator You can learn more at #HillsboroughCounty #FloridaGator #Alligators #FWC #FloridaFishAndWildlifeConservation #HCSO #HCSOd1 #Gator #Aligator

Posted by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, April 6, 2021

And if you haven’t seen how extreme gator love can be, check out this video from Gordon Silver in his Lakewood Ranch backyard of two gators, um...frolicking?

Check out this video of two gators wrestling in Gordon Silver's backyard in Lakewood Ranch, FL. Let's hear what you think started this wrestling match?

Posted by Noel Rehm Weather on Tuesday, April 6, 2021
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