CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
This big guy (at least 6 foot) was walking around in my next door neighbor’s yard last evening looking along the fence line for a way out. Drought + mating season = alligators showing up where they normally would not. Not sure how this fella wound up in their fenced yard.
He will likely move on because there is no water source at my neighbors…even my pond has gone dry. Last time I saw an alligator in our yards was back in 2013 when we also were experiencing lack of rainfall. At that time one found comfort in my pond for a brief time, but it wasn’t anywhere near the size of this guy who was scary big.