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.


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  • ilovedinos
    ilovedinosThursday, January 14, 2021 at 1:16 pm
    I see gators like that in the everglades
    • flamingocactus
      flamingocactusThursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:40 am
      wow um thank is crazy. i kind of want to see it in a zoo or something
      • redrack09
        redrack09Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 8:10 am
        I want to pet it so cute can i keep it as a pet
        • bluedemon
          bluedemonTuesday, January 12, 2021 at 5:33 pm
          Sad for people who likes golf.😥😥😥Nobody wants to touch.Or do you???
          • suleha
            sulehaTuesday, January 12, 2021 at 12:57 pm
            so big and it a dinosaur or what guys?!
            • blaze_playz
              blaze_playzTuesday, January 12, 2021 at 9:55 am
              Imagine that being by your bedroom window when you wake up in the moringing. oof
              • fradinredbull
                fradinredbullMonday, January 11, 2021 at 10:47 pm
                I would def go and pet it and keep it LOL
                • luna_1234
                  luna_1234Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:27 pm
                  It is just or did that gator walk awkward. LOL
                  • luna_1234
                    luna_1234Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1:26 pm
                    Wow! That's Crazy! That looks like a dinosaur! It's very scary! I don't to come face to face with that guys!😲 Pls follow me, and btw I loved reading your guys comments. They were great.
                    • iamcardib
                      iamcardibFriday, January 8, 2021 at 12:53 pm
                      OMG! That legit looks like a dino from behind. But why is the video so short?