10-Foot Alligator Found Under a Parked Car in Florida, Video Shows

A Florida police department has released footage of a large alligator that was relocated after being found lurking under a parked car.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said it had received a call shortly before 9 a.m. on March 31 about the reptile, which had been spotted at an apartment complex in the city of Tampa, according to local media outlet WESH.

On April 6, the sheriff's office posted footage of the relocation recorded on the bodycam of Deputy Shyanne Wheaton.

In the video on Facebook, the deputy worked alongside an alligator trapper to move the huge reptile to the back of a truck for relocation. The animal's mouth was taped shut and it took at least four people to lift it into the trapper's vehicle.

According to the sheriff's office, the alligator turned out to be more than 10 foot long—and footage of the animal quickly appeared in multiple uploads to the social media app TikTok.

In a caption alongside the video, the sheriff's office wrote: "The caller advised there was a pond nearby, but this was no small gator... it was 10'2"!!!

"FWC dispatched a contracted nuisance alligator trapper to transfer the alligator to an alligator farm. The gator was not harmed and fortunately, no one was injured."

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The FWC, or Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, says in a fact sheet on its website that alligators are found in all 67 counties of the Sunshine State.

The agency's website states: "Although many Floridians have learned to co-exist with alligators, the potential for conflict always exists.

"Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida, but if you are concerned about an alligator, call FWC's toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-392-4286. The FWC will dispatch one of its contracted nuisance alligator trappers to resolve the situation.

"Never feed an alligator and keep your distance … swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. And keep pets on a leash and away from the water."

In its Facebook post this week, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office suggested the alligator may have left its habitat looking for food—pointing out that such activity rises in warmer weather.

"It's that time of year," the post said. "It's mating season and in general, gators become more visible and active during spring and summer! When temperatures rise, their metabolism increases, and they start looking for food."

Although alligator attacks remain rare, experts say their predatory nature may lead them to target pets or livestock. "Unfortunately, people also are occasionally bitten," said an FWC brochure. "Since 1948, Florida has averaged about five unprovoked bites per year."

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An American alligator at Everglades Alligator Farm in Homestead, Florida, on June 24, 2016. A police department has released footage of a large alligator that was found lurking under a parked car in Tampa. RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images