You’ve probably never seen a gator traffic jam like this before…
You’ve probably seen a traffic jam or two, but never a stampede of alligators.
“I aint never seen so many gators in my life!” exclaims one of the men in the boat.
As they slowly motor through the herd of reptiles, they seem to bump into a few; “There’s one of them!” one man giggles.
The southeastern United States is filled with a thriving abundance of alligators along the Gulf Coast.
The two living species of the family Alligatoridae are the American alligator (A. mississippiensis) and the Chinese alligator (A. sinensis).
An average adult American alligator’s weight and length is 790 pounds and 13.1 feet, but they sometimes grow to 14 feet long and can weigh over 990 pounds.
The world record alligator was harvested in Camden, Alabama (my hometown) on Aug. 16, 2014 on a slough in the Alabama River, measuring 15 feet and nine inches, and weighing in at 1,011 pounds.
Just to give you an idea of what a gator that size can eat, the record gator had a whitetail doe in its stomach that weighed over 100 pounds.
How would you like to come around a bend in the river and see a slough filled with the descendants of toothy dinosaurs like these? Maybe these guys just took a wrong turn, or maybe they knew where they going.
Either way, they don’t seem to be too concerned about it.