10ft alligator crawls under truck at red light in Florida

A driver sitting in his truck at a red light sees a 10-foot alligator crawling under his vehicle in Venice, Florida.  The reptile then began shaking the vehicle from below.

A driver sitting in his truck at a red light sees a 10-foot alligator crawling under his vehicle in Venice, Florida. The reptile then began shaking the vehicle from below.

Screenshot from Facebook video

A motorist sitting at a red light in Venice, Florida, stared in disbelief at a 10ft alligator crawled across multiple lanes of trafficthen disappeared under his truck.

That’s not the weirdest part. Apparently the alligator was too chubby to sneak around easily.

“When it was probably three-quarters under my van truck, I felt a little movement or jerk under the truck,” Daniel Jay Kaufman told McClatchy News.

“At that time, the light is green and no car was in front of me. I couldn’t move because I didn’t want to hurt him under my truck. For a second I thought he might stay there.

It happened around 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, on Jacaranda Boulevard, as Kaufman was walking home from work. Venice is about 75 miles south of Tampa.

The sight of a snap-on tool van driving in reverse is what first caught Kaufman’s attention. Then he noticed that the traffic on the other side of the road had stopped. Twenty yards away was a single heavy alligator – with one foot missing.

Kaufman pulled out his cell phone and began recording, clearly amused by the sight. But things quickly took a scary turn. The alligator was startled by a passing vehicle and began to rush directly towards Kaufman’s vehicle.

“I was wondering if he was going to try to come in through my window. I didn’t know what was going through his mind,” he said. “I was in shock at how big he was and how brave he was.”

Kaufman continued to record as the reptile hissed at him, then slipped under his vehicle. That’s when he felt he was starting to shake. “I just moved my truck. Are you kidding me?” Kaufman is heard saying in the video.

It only took a few seconds for the reptile to free itself from the landing gear. The video ends with him emerging on the other side of the truck, still two lanes away from reaching the curb.

“I stayed until he was completely clear of my truck and at a safe distance,” Kaufman said.

The underside of the truck was not damaged in the incident, he said.

Kaufman posted her video the same day on Facebook, where it caused havoc over 100,000 views and hundreds of reactions and comments. Some reviewers guessed that the risky course in traffic was related to alligator mating season, which may be correct. Alligator course start at the beginning of April, depending on the state.

“Meanwhile, every Floridian is yelling at him for stopping traffic,” Vincent Ziegler post.

“I like it. Not a worry in the world,” Laura Orzano Frankow writes on Facebook.

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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering topics including schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a major in journalism and art history, and a minor in geology.

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