Alligator mating season is perhaps the most entertaining time of the year in Florida.
Gordon Silver, a resident of the Lakewood Ranch neighborhood in Tampa, Florida, is no stranger to alligator sightings. However, even he was shocked to see two large gators going at it in his own backyard.
As soon as he saw the two "getting acquainted," he quickly sprung into action to capture the moment.
"When I heard the gator mating call from inside my home, I immediately grabbed my camera and dashed outside to investigate," he told FOX 13 in an interview. "I'm a big nature photographer and capturing wildlife right from your own backyard is something I always wanted to do."
Watch the alligator wrestling match in the video below:
As mating season looms, alligators are becoming especially mobile right now as they search for potential mates. The actual mating season probably won't really start until late May or early June, but this type of behavior will be fairly common throughout the month of April.
After the courtship and mating phases, female gators will start laying eggs by early July, which is followed by about 60 days of incubation, and ultimately birth around early September.
Florida residents are regularly reminded to keep pets and small children safe during these months, as these gators can potentially be more aggressive during the summer months as mating ensues.
Those living in gator country in any other state across the Southeast should use the same caution, too, as Floridians aren't the only ones who have to deal with them.