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Hungry Alligators Are Invading Streets, Homes And Pools In Florida

HuffPost logo HuffPost 4/15/2019 Ed Mazza
1. Swimming with alligators © Provided by Webedia SAS 1. Swimming with alligators

While seeing an alligator is never too much of a surprise in Florida, the number of close encounters has jumped in recent days and it’s likely due to a combination of hunger and lust. 

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.  

At St. Andrews State Park in Panama City, a woman fishing for mackerel also caught something else: footage of a gator emerging from the water for a little R&R on the beach.  

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

RELATED VIDEO: Dad Wakes Up to Find 10-Foot Alligator Knocking at Front Door [Provided by Inside Edition]

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