Hungry Alligators Are Invading Florida Homes and Streets in Search of Food and Mates

April 18, 2019 Updated: April 23, 2019

Alligators are synonymous with Florida, but when they start prowling the streets, be wary—they are probably a bit feisty. After all, with mating season just around the corner from next month, the only way they can find a mate is to go searching. Add hunger to the list of desires and anything can happen.

One family from Fort Myers got the fright of their lives when an 8-foot alligator barged onto their lanai in the middle of the night, ripping through the enclosure, Fort Myers Police reported on April 12 on their Facebook page.

At approximately 2am Officers were dispatched to a call of an alligator that had torn through a lanai screen and was…

Posted by Fort Myers Police Department on Friday, April 12, 2019

Florida Fish and Wildlife expert Brian Norris had another explanation for the increase in gator activity—with temperatures becoming warmer, an alligator’s metabolism will speed up, causing them to search for more food.

“They have to find some food so that’s when we’ll find them on sidewalks and people’s pools,” Norris told Fox 4. “They’re really just out there browsing around.”

And they are turning up in all sorts of bizarre places. One North Port chicken wing restaurant patron came out of the restaurant and was confronted by a gator underneath the car; he had to call police for reinforcements.

It’s alligator mating season. This one looking for love in the parking lot of Buffalo Wings & Rings. FWC en route.

Posted by North Port Police Department on Friday, April 12, 2019

Another motorist caught site of a monster gator strolling along the sidewalk, with cars driving past.

Polk County had one gator keeping vigil outside the local police station, according to Polk County Sheriff’s Facebook page. Perhaps it was looking for bed and breakfast?

Senta Evans, from Palm Beach Gardens, had her share of excitement—as she let the dogs out for a run, she noticed that a 300-pound (approx. 136-kilogram) gator decided to take a dip in the family swimming pool, even though it was fully fenced, she told Sun Sentinel.

Lisa Powell Niemiec was doing a spot of fishing in St. Andrews State Park in Panama City when she noticed a gator emerge from the water.

“I think he was tired because of the current in the pass, and he laid there on the beach for a while then he swam around Deepwater point in to North Lagoon,” she told the Panama City News Herald.

Jettys At St Andrews State Park/ deepwater point…He did make his way around into North Lagoon

Posted by Lisa Powell Niemiec on Saturday, April 6, 2019

Not only did she catch photos of the beast, which were shared on Facebook approximately 8,000 times, Niemiec also hooked in some nice mackerel.

And to top it all off, in March 2019, a 12-foot male gator that weighed more than 650 pounds (approx. 295 kg), which had a missing leg and was believed to be at least 60 years old, was roaming around in a parking lot in Jupiter, Florida.

When Sgt. Eric Frank and his men arrived at ABM Facility Services after a call about the monster, he wasn’t expecting such a huge gator. “Wow! That’s a dinosaur … That is one big gator!” Frank told 25WPBF. “That alligator had absolutely no problem moving around.”

“Once the trapper was able to put the trap line around the neck, that gator was rolling, growling and thumping all over the place. He was not very happy to be encountered with us.”

It took all hands on deck to capture the gator with the help of a forklift.

“It’s definitely the most wildest of nature encounters I have had in quite a few years,” Frank added.

It pays to be diligent if you live in Florida, as you never know what might be waiting when you arrive home.

Southwood residents got quite the show Saturday afternoon when an alligator, approximately 8 feet long, showed up in the…

Posted by City of Tallahassee Police Department on Sunday, March 31, 2019

“If you are near water, just mindful of that there could be some sunning themselves on the bank, if you have pets, be mindful especially near water,” Florida Fish and Wildlife expert Brian Norris said.