Published: Tue, January 17, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

Huge gator spotted ambling along in Polk County park

A massive alligator, easily as long as a minivan, was caught on video crossing paths with nature enthusiasts in central Florida on Sunday, in a scene that was described as "very exciting" by one courageous eyewitness.

The center is located in the city of Lakeland, which is east of Tampa and southwest of Orlando.

Video of the encounter was posted on the Polk Nature Discovery Center Facebook page on Sunday by witness Kim Joiner.

The video shows four people capturing the moment at uncomfortably close quarters. Tracey Waddell wrote in response to Joiner's Facebook post.

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More than a million alligators live throughout Florida, and the species if on the endangered species list as it looks very similar to the American crocodile. The gator is estimated to be between 14 and 16 feet long, according to NBC4.

"I am out there a lot taking pictures and walking", she said.

They have one of the strongest bites of any animal in the U.S. - they can kill their prey with one snap of their jaws. "He was the biggest gator I have seen out there".

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