Everyone knows the Sunshine State is a wild place to live. In the four years I spent living in Florida, I saw my fair share of alligators, snakes, meth heads, swamp people, wild beach parties, and who even knows what else, but never did I fully appreciate just how sneaky alligators can be until I saw this video.
Florida is home to around 1.25 million gators, the second highest population in the country behind Louisiana who has around 2 million.
These seemingly prehistoric creatures grow to well over 10 feet and the really big ones top the scales at over 1,000 pounds. They feed mainly on fish, frogs, snakes, turtles, and even other alligators when the opportunity presents itself.
While best known for the absolutely violent thrashing they can put on a poor defenseless animal, gators are very quiet for most of the time, swimming near silently in the water with just their eyes and nostrils above the surface. They also have an impressive lung capacity and can remain underwater for up to 24 hours if necessary, although dives in the 20-30 minute range are much more common.
Well, this video shows just how camouflaged a gator waiting in the water can be.
The clip starts with what looks to be a peaceful, shallow bit of water next to a dock, but when the person taking the video drops a stick just feet from the shore, an enormous monster rears up from below and attacks.
Seriously, you would have absolutely no clue there was an alligator just chilling there if it didn’t show itself, that guy was so well hidden.