An 11-Foot Alligator Causes a 5 Mile Traffic Jam in Seminole County As It Wanders Across the Road

Toby Hazlewood

At least nobody was hurt

An 11-foot long gator caused traffic mayhem, as it chose to wander across State Road 417 in Seminole County on April 27. At one point, the ensuing traffic jam stretched back 5-miles as officers from Seminole County Sheriff's Office tried to remove the reptile from the road.

Details of the escapade were shared by a passing driver on YouTube and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office also posted pictures on Facebook and Twitter:

Alligators are obviously common in Florida, but while this one only caused inconvenience for drivers as it crossed the road it could have been a lot more serious.

In late March, a driver was tragically killed as he drove along a road near Lithia, FL around midnight as he was returning from work. He collided with another large gator which sent his car from the road and it ended up overturned in a roadside ditch.

Gator attacks on humans are rare

This demonstrates that while attacks by alligators on humans are relatively rare, they can still be dangerous.

A 2005 study reported just 376 alligator attacks since 1948. In Florida, gator attacks were on the increase from around 6 per year in 1971 to around 10 per year between 1987 and 2017.

They turn up in unexpected places

As creatures living in the wild, it's inevitable that gators occasionally turn up where humans least expect them.

Earlier this month, construction workers were putting finishing touches to a new home in Fort Myers, FL when they discovered a large gator that had taken up residence in the master bedroom of the property. It is thought the reptile was seeking some warmth during unseasonably cold weather.

In a separate episode, an 8-foot gator was discovered swimming in the pool of an unoccupied home in Venice, FL. A local pool service firm got more than it bargained for when it was called to help remove the reptile.

Fortunately the incident in Seminole County didn't cause any lasting harm, only a bit of lost time for the drivers caught in the traffic.

Have you seen a gator crossing the road? Have you had any close encounters with a gator? Let me know in the comments section below.

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