Huge Alligator Caught on Camera Climbing a Fence at Florida Navy Base

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • A huge alligator was spotted climbing a fence at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida over the weekend.
  • Local resident Christina Stewart was able to capture the odd event on video which shows the alligator clawing its way up the fence at the navy base and managing to get its long body up and over, thudding down on the other side of the fence.
  • A University of Florida fact sheet about alligator safety states that alligators are “good climbers.”

A huge alligator was spotted climbing a fence at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida over the weekend. Local resident Christina Stewart was able to capture the unusual event on film.

The video shows the alligator clawing its way up the fence at the navy base on Saturday.  The reptile managed to get its long body up and over, thudding down on the other side of the fence.

Earlier this week, a swimming gator was found on a flooded roadway. Before that, Florida wildlife officers reported to had trouble nabbing an alligator when it bared its teeth and performed a so-called “death roll.”

Meanwhile, NAS Jacksonville officials told local news station WJAX-TV that the reptile was not removed from the base once it made it over.

Later, the Navy base posted a photo on Facebook of what appears to be the same alligator climbing over the fence.

“If you are new to Florida or have been here for years, when you see water, assume an alligator could be in it. We have several on the base and they don’t respect our security measures,” the officials wrote. “On the serious side, always be aware with small children and pets. Golfers be aware and watch where you stick your hands. Do not approach them ever!”

A University of Florida fact sheet about alligator safety states that alligators are “good climbers.”

According to the fact sheet: “If you want to keep alligators out of your yard, install a fence that is at least four and a half feet tall. Anything lower would not be adequate protection.”

The report did not mention how tall the fence is at the NAS Jacksonville.

In 2014, the National Geographic reported that tree climbing, specifically, is a “surprisingly common” trait in both alligators and crocodiles.

“Even without any special anatomic adaptations for gripping branches, crocodiles often make their way up trees, sometimes going as high as the crown and out onto large limbs,” the publication states.

Also in southwest Florida, an alligator was spotted in a tree in 2016.

 

Source: Fox News

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