Watch: A 10-foot alligator found under a parked car in Tampa is loaded onto a truck

Originally published at: Watch: A 10-foot alligator found under a parked car in Tampa is loaded onto a truck | Boing Boing

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The part that was probably more fun was getting his jaws muzzled. I’m surprised they weren’t more wary of tail whips.

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I measured 10 foot 3 inches, but …

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Yeah I want to see part one!

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Ex-Tampa man here, who had gators in the drainage ditches near the grocery store I worked at and my house.

Advice:

Clamp their jaws shut, and keep an eye on the tail. They have so many muscles to clamp jaws down, but few to open. You can hold their mouths closed with one hand, but you’d need a ply-bar to get them open.

Don’t try to run away straight from them; go zig-zag. They are fast, but have a horrible turning ability.

Don’t swim in ponds or lakes at night. If you decide to do so, decide your next-of-kin first.

edit spelling (cry != ply)

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Video link for the BBS


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpyQFtO5jrA

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A friend used to work as an animal control officer in Florida. And yeah this sort of thing is not a rare occurrence.

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Missed the Delightful Creatures tag!

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And LEASH YOUR PETS. Gators love loose dogs.

/current Tampa resident

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taking it to a farm

Is this the same farm my old dog went to? I hear it’s a really nice place. I hope he has a big pond and lots or other alligator friends to play with!

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yup! that’s the same farm!
not sure how evenly it is applied across the state, but typically, gators over 4ft in “public” setting are considered nuisance and put down.

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And @joed, ohhhh. :cry:

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So it’ll end up as boots, belts and handbags.

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