A family in Fort Meyers was awoken by an eight-foot gator in their lanai in the middle of the night last week, police said on Facebook. In another part of town, a motorist captured footage of a massive gator casually strolling along a busy road:
With the mating season underway, the randy reptiles tend to be more active. But one expert told local media there was more to it than that. The weather is getting warmer and the higher temps speed up the reptiles’ metabolism and make them hungrier.
“They have to find some food so that’s when we’ll find them on sidewalks and people’s pools,” Brian Norris of Florida Fish and Wildlife told Fox 4 in Fort Myers. “They’re really just out there browsing around.”
Some might even be looking for chicken. A motorist in North Port had to call the cops after coming out of a chicken wing restaurant and finding a gator under the car:
Over in Polk County, a gator turned up just outside a local jail.
In Palm Beach Gardens, a 300-pounder managed to go for a swim in a family’s swimming pool despite the fact that the yard was completely fenced in, CBS12 noted.
And last month, authorities apprehended a three-legged alligator measuring 12 feet and weighing 650 pounds. It was estimated to be between 60 and 70 years old.
Expect to see more gators out in the open and on the prowl. Florida Fish and Wildlife said the creatures begin courting in April, then get busy mating in May and June.
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