Friday, July 08, 2016

Alligator spotted lounging on branch of tree

Ronald Saracino of Cape Coral, Florida, now believes that alligators can climb trees. Although he’s lived in south west Florida for eight years he was shocked at what he says he spotted up in a tree recently.

“Saw something in a tree, at first I thought maybe it was a lizard,” Saracino said. “The more I looked at it, the more I thought it was actually probably a 5-foot gator.” He added, “I know people are not going to believe it, but I 100 percent believe it was a gator!”

“They are more agile than people give them credit for,” explained Amy Sera, an educator at the Calusa Nature Center in Fort Myers. Sera says it’s common for gators to climb things, such as fences, if they need to. “It gives them a little bit better view of their territory,” Sera said.

“Cold blooded animals get their energy from the sun and the warmth. So, they are more active in the summer.” Florida Fish and Wildlife officials agree Saracino’s image may very well be an alligator because of the position the animal is resting in and the size of the body in relation to the head.

With news video.

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