Massive 9-Foot Alligator Halts Traffic on Selmon Expressway in Tampa

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Tampa Bay commuters were in for a wild surprise as a 9-foot alligator decided to make an unexpected appearance on the Selmon Expressway, bringing traffic to a standstill.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers swiftly sprang into action, saving the massive reptile from the bustling roadway with the assistance of a seasoned trapper.

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As wildlife experts note, the timing of the alligator’s appearance coincides with the beginning of courtship season for these prehistoric creatures. In early April, alligators begin their courtship rituals, paving the way for mating activities in May and June.

In case of finding yourself with an alligator or if you have any wildlife-related concerns, the FWC offers a toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).

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