Massive Jurassic Park-Sized Alligator Strolls Through Florida Golf Course

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A massive alligator was seen meandering across the Valencia Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida (Credit: YouTube screen capture)

The residents of Florida, which is home to over one million alligators, are no strangers to the apex predators. The massive animals are frequently encountered in swimming pools, ditches, and garages. In 2019, Palm Coast resident Donna Heiss even saw a 7-foot gator peeking through her window! However, the giant reptile recently spotted in Naples, Florida, impressed even the most jaded Floridians.

The approximately 10-foot-long alligator was seen lumbering toward a pond by the 17th hole at the Valencia Golf and Country Club on November 13, 2020. Tyler Stolting, a golf professional at the club who filmed the now-viral video, told The Post, “I was a little shocked, obviously. It was pretty big, biggest one I’ve ever seen!" However, alligators are a common sight at the golf course, and neither he, nor his colleague, Jeff Jones, are concerned about the predator's appearance. When asked if it posed any danger to golfers, Jones quipped, "As long as nobody is feeding him, they will be fine."

As if being home to alligators is not enough, Florida is the only place in the world to also harbor crocodiles. Though the two reptile species often get mixed up, they are very different and do not even belong to the same biological family. Alligators, which sport a dark blackish-gray color, dwell in freshwater habitats and have shorter, more rounded snouts. Thanks to a larger upper jaw, their teeth disappear when their mouths are closed.

Crocodiles, meanwhile, are equipped with special glands in their tongues that can excrete excess salt from their bodies, allowing them to live at sea for weeks. The olive-colored reptiles also have longer, sharper snouts and show their teeth even when their large jaws are shut. Adult crocodiles can grow up to 19 feet long — a full 5 feet more than alligators, which peak at about 14 feet.

Resources: NBCnews.com, NYPost.com, CNN.com

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  • scorpina123
    scorpina123Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 12:18 pm
    if i was there i would run and scream all the way back home. i would be like this..... AHHHH Help theres a giant alligator!!!!!! ;-;
    • dani1409
      dani1409Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 6:52 am
      OMG!!!! It's HUGE!!!!!!!😮
      • xnestorio
        xnestorioSunday, July 18, 2021 at 10:33 am
        So creepy. Probably could eat a human in 10 seconds!P.S. I'm a little scared!!!😬😱😳
        • arianne_wonder
          arianne_wonderThursday, July 8, 2021 at 10:06 am
          I live by a golf course and I play there every day! And yes, lots of animals.
          • ponyan1011
            ponyan1011Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 5:55 am
            I don’t know that crocodiles are different then alligators !
            • chesstiger65
              chesstiger65Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 10:39 am
              Their snouts are different
            • kymejelilavi
              kymejelilaviTuesday, June 15, 2021 at 8:30 am
              that is so big I went to florida 2 months ago & I saw an alligater I wonder if it was that one
              • bigbookworm
                bigbookwormTuesday, June 8, 2021 at 5:47 am
                WOAH!!!!! i want a baby alligator! i live in FL! and we have a golf course next to our house but it's not the one they talk about here cuz our golf course doesn't have water.
                • kriptos
                  kriptosTuesday, June 1, 2021 at 12:42 pm
                  That is huge
                  • alphadog
                    alphadogThursday, May 27, 2021 at 8:35 am
                    I went to Florida a few weeks ago. we saw baby gators🐊
                    • animal_lover188
                      animal_lover188Friday, May 21, 2021 at 9:54 am
                      #knowone cares