Watch a Large 10 Foot Gator Missing a Front Claw, Cross a Road in Vernice
Last Thursday, April 7th, 2022 was memorable for a few people, some thought it was just another typical day in Florida... as a large alligator, decided to cross a busy road.
It happened, along Jacaranda Boulevard in Venice. Traffic was stopped on one side of the roadway Traffic came to a halt to allow a large gator to safely cross the road.
A video posted of the scene (see below)... shows as it moved along, it also is seen missing a front, foot and claw... which didn't seem to hamper it's movement.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), says that this type of up close encounter is a great reminder to everyone, both locals and visitors, and especially those new to Florida. that alligator mating season has begun, just a little earlier than normal… This means males are now on the move.
The FWC says mating season usually starts in May.
Females typically form nests in August and September, where they will then lay on average between 30 and 50 eggs in late June or early July.
Hatching takes place August through September.
So… remember, If you see an alligator leave it alone, give it its distance.
While giving an alligator its distance is important year-round, it's especially important during mating season.
FWC is reminding folks to only swim in designated areas during daylight hours and keep pets away from fresh or brackish water.
Learn more about gators from the FWC here: https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/wildlife/alligator/