Massive gator caught in Georgia

Stock image of an alligator

Stock image of an alligator

It was measured at a length of 13-feet-4-inches, and estimated to weigh at least 700 pounds by members of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, who encountered what they called a "massive gator" on February 18, USA Today reported.

"It's a testament to Georgia's alligator management program that alligators can grow to this size", Melissa Cummings, a spokeswoman with Georgia DNR, told the First Coast News. Georgia's alligator hunting season lasts from August 17 to October 8 and can be trapped by nuisance alligator trappers contracted through the state, so most alligators won't live long enough to become 700 pounds. "The only way these animals get this large is by avoiding humans".

It didn't take long for a picture of the reptile to pick up comments and shares on social media.

"It was a very old alligator in poor body condition with what appeared to be gunshot wounds", DNR wildlife biologist Brent Howze said, per the Cordele Dispatch. This is not typical behavior, according to Cummings.

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"Alligators this size are not common, although males can reach over 14 feet in size", Howze said.

The alligator found came pretty close to being the largest ever found in Georgia.

Howze was quick to stress that people shouldn't worry about going into the lake - and that gators like this one pose "almost no threat to humans". They have also been found in ditches, neighborhoods, drainage canals, roadways, golf course ponds, and sometimes in swimming pools. Another vehicle you may operate if you become a Georgia Game Warden!

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