Florida police trap a nearly 10-foot alligator, warn of upcoming mating season

9-foot gator caught in Tampa

Florida Police Scribble a nearly 10-foot-long alligator that was caught wandering a residential street.

Captain Phil Walters, an official trapped alligator, assisted V.I Tampa Police Department With the massive creature pulled out of the way and back to the safety of the swamp.

The crocodile was 9.4 feet long, and it took a handful of adult men to subdue the animal.

A contract crocodile hunter helps officers put the reptile into his truck.

A contract crocodile hunter helps officers put the reptile into his truck. (Fox 13)

Authorities closed the creature’s sharp-scaled fangs and grabbed hold of its four legs before placing it in Walters’ truck.

Alligator mating season is just around the corner, Walters said, and he expects them to be very active over the next couple of months. crocodile Al-Sayyad added that during the past week he had 10 tugboats in the back of his truck.

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“At this time of year for whatever reason they start wandering around and looking for love and looking for new places to eat — they’re hungry,” Walters told FOX 13. “This is the time of year to be really aware of your surroundings. Look at where you put your feet and hands. Look before you jump in the pool. Get them out of the pools this time of year. Look before you walk out the door. If you have a doggy door, look before you get out of bed. “

Tampa police clashed with the alligator after it was seen wandering the street.

Tampa police clashed with the alligator after it was seen wandering the street. (Fox 13)

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), Crocodile courtship The season begins in April and mating begins in June and July. Females build a nest in a mound of soil, vegetation, or debris and deposit an average of 32 to 46 eggs in late June or early July.

The hatching of the young occurs from mid-August through early September.

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It’s important for residents to be aware of their surroundings at this time of year, Walters says, noting that if a Florida resident had run into a large creeper, their car would have been bundled up.

The Tampa Officers commanded a 9'4" Crocodile on Howard Street.

Tampa officers captured a 9-foot-4-inch alligator on Howard Street. (Fox 13)

According to the FWC, an alligator is considered a nuisance if it is at least four feet long and the caller believes it to be a threat to people, pets, or property.

If the hunter catches a crocodile smaller than four feet, he can release it but if it is larger, the hunter can either kill the crocodile or sell it to a crocodile farm, Crocodile Galleryor the zoo.

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In Florida, the FWC provides residents and visitors with an annoying alligator hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR.

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