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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378 Comments
  • kkdelaya
    kkdelayaFriday, November 27, 2020 at 6:41 pm
    Crazy, If my mom would've found that in my backyard I would freak out.
    • 12sseerwqa
      12sseerwqaFriday, November 27, 2020 at 10:49 am
      that video was on live PD
      • 3ittycats_ejkkk
        3ittycats_ejkkkThursday, November 26, 2020 at 2:19 pm
        Wow!😲
        • kti20100524
          kti20100524Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 6:22 pm
          WOW!AMAZING!🤩
          • lottiestar
            lottiestarWednesday, November 25, 2020 at 1:01 pm
            This is soooo cool and interesting!!
            • pets
              petsWednesday, November 25, 2020 at 11:23 am
              Cool I love reptile🐊
              • gwenniebean
                gwenniebeanWednesday, November 25, 2020 at 9:38 am
                WOW!😲😯
                • coolkid77
                  coolkid77Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 9:28 am
                  alligators aren't hostile unless you make sudden movements or look threatening to it. i would know because i live in florida.
                  • eeveegail_99
                    eeveegail_99Friday, November 27, 2020 at 1:52 pm
                    😮 cool !!!🧡
                  • ewollschlager
                    ewollschlagerWednesday, November 25, 2020 at 8:58 am
                    that is crazy 10ft!!!!!!
                    • hewooooo
                      hewoooooWednesday, November 25, 2020 at 6:04 am
                      That was one lucky person whoever saw it.
                      • katsuki
                        katsukiWednesday, November 25, 2020 at 4:10 pm
                        I know right!