Video of a massive alligator crossing a walking path at the Circle B Bar Reserve was posted Monday morning on the Lakeland Police Department’s Facebook page Monday.
According to the post, Kim Joiner captured the video while taking an afternoon stroll Sunday, January 15, 2017 in the Circle B Bar Reserve when the gator was spotted.
The big gator seems to have an elderly gait as it carries its mass out of the brush and across a grassy path, and as a group of spectators take photos.
Lakeland Police are reporting that the gator in the video and the video is real.
Circle B Bar Reserve could be compared to a Cook County Forest Preserve, except for the obvious palm trees and Spanish moss. When you look off the walking path in the marshland area you’re very likely to see alligators — sometimes 10 or more.
The path that runs the perimeter to the reserve and adjacent to Lake Hancock is known as Alligator Alley.
The preserve is home to birds such as white ibis, roseate spoonbills, sandhill cranes and bald eagles. In addition to alligators, animal neighbors include armadillos, bobcats, snakes, gray squirrels, river otters and wild hogs.
Poisonous snakes found in Florida include Eastern Coral Snake, Cottonmouth Water Moccasin, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, and the Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake.
In April 2016, a videographer captured a large alligator eating another alligator in the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, Florida.
Alex Figueroa said he was taking a walk at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland Wednesday morning, when he spotted a group of people watching something along the trail.
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Circle B Bar Reserve is in southeast Lakeland, next to Lake Hancock. The nature center is about 32 miles southwest of Walt Disney World.