By Josie November 27th, 2023
A huge Florida alligator climbs a fence in a surprisingly nimble way – probably swifter and quicker than any human could.
An average adult American alligator can measure up to 11 feet long and weigh nearly half a ton, comparable in length to a small car.
Contrary to what many believe, alligators are not sluggish creatures. They possess a surprising burst of speed, especially on land.
When motivated, either by the prospect of food or the need for self-defense, alligators can reach astonishing speeds of up to 35 mph.
This is significantly faster than their top speed in water, which is around 20 mph – a pace that outstrips even a bottlenose dolphin.
Using its powerful claws, the alligator grips the fence and then ascends with surprising agility and grace.
This display is not just a testament to the alligator’s physical capabilities but also highlights their problem-solving skills
While alligators are an integral part of Florida’s ecosystem, their presence in close proximity to human habitats can lead to conflicts.
While it’s wise to fear these apex predators we should bear in mind that at the end of the day, we’re the ones who encroached on their habitat first.