Cannibalistic gators are not an uncommon occurrence in these Florida waterways.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife, this type of behavior by cannibalistic gators is normal and is a part of everyday life.
Numerous folks who have visited and walked the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, Fla., have witnessed larger alligators snacking on adolescent gators.
At first glance, one would think this is an odd behavior. Not according to wildlife agencies.
According to FWC officer Gary Morse, “It’s typical alligator behavior. They are cannibalistic at times.” There’s no specific reason that alligators choose to eat other gators. It is speculated that it can be territorial instinct sometimes.
“What alligators will typically do,” said Morse, “is they’ll take that animal and stuff it in some place for a week or two until it gets nice and soft and they can tear it apart.”
Male alligators tend to be more aggressive than females, especially during the mating season. “As long as it is warm in Florida, alligators are more active in general,” Morse said.
One thing is certain, you do not want to cross an alligator at this reserve and it mistake you for supper!