Alligators have inhabited Florida’s marshes, swamps, rivers, and lakes for many centuries, and are found in all 67 counties. In recent years, Florida has experienced tremendous human population growth.
Warm weather means Florida’s state reptile – the American alligator – is more active and visible. It’s also when people are enjoying the outdoors with their pets.
Although many Floridians have learned to coexist with alligators, the potential for conflict always exists. Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida
This particular alligator, caught on video by Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, was strolling, slowly, through the Harrington Lake neighborhood in Venice.
“We’re guessing he was about 10 feet in length and boy, did he take his time making it back to the lake he came from,” said Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. “We can’t blame him just thinking about how heavy that tail must be.”
According to SCSO, the FWC was advised but did not respond.
Remember, never feed an alligator and keep your distance if you see one. Swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. And keep pets on a leash and away from the water.