The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office recently answered a call regarding a 10-foot, 2-inch alligator seen under a parked car in Tampa, Florida.
Deputies and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) responded on March 31 at 6 p.m. 8.45 and sent a “contracted annoying alligator trap” to transport the animal to an alligator farm, according to a Facebook post that shared footage from the catch first reported by Fox 13 Tampa.
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“IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR – it’s mating season, and in general gators are becoming more visible and active in spring and summer!”
The alligator was not damaged and no one was injured.
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Florida alligator sightings usually increase during the mating season between April and June. Female gators can lay up to 46 eggs between June and July, and baby alligators are usually born between August and September, according to the FWC.
SCHO said people with concerns about alligators should call FWC’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-392-4289.
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The sheriff’s office and the FCW recommend that when people encounter alligators, they keep a safe distance from the animals, keep pets on a leash and away from water areas, only swim in designated areas in daylight and never feed the reptiles.