Putt, Putt Golf … Epic Alligator Fight On This Golf Course

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: February 14, 2024

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Enjoying an afternoon playing golf is perhaps one of the best activities to do on the weekends. And if you’re from Florida, it’s not all that unusual to see a gator or two while you’re putting. However, watching two massive alligators duke it out in a fight that ends with a bloody mess is enough to scare any golfer to want to find a new place to play. Don’t miss the video at the top of this blog post that has already accrued over 10 million views! 

Massive Male Alligator Flips Over Opponent 

The YouTube video shown at the beginning of this blog post takes us to the Eagles Golf Course in Tampa, Florida. The man recording was on the golf course enjoying his day like any other. Suddenly, two alligators emerge from the lake and take their fight right on the golf course. Trying to make sure he captures every moment of this fight, the golfer whips out his phone and starts to record. 

These two alligators were 11 feet long. And as the camera zooms in, it’s not difficult to see how huge they both are. The golfer gets as close as possible, although we’re not sure we can recommend getting this close during a fight.

The larger of the two alligators has the other flipped on his back and has a good choke hold on his opponent. According to the Louisiana Alligator Advisory Council, “​​Alligators will eat almost anything, including each other; they bite and fight to eat, court, defend, or protect their territory.” And for whatever reason, these two are having a serious enough fight that they both are coming out of this with an injury.

Slowly, at 1:41, the dominating alligator starts to pull the other back to the lake. But this fatal mistake allowed the other alligator to get a grip. And they both start rolling over each other and biting anything they can sink their teeth into to gain an advantage over the other.

What Animals Eat Alligators?

Great white heron eating a baby alligator in the Orlando Wetlands

Baby hatchlings are about eight inches long.

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The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is not one to have many natural enemies due to their size. Most alligators weigh between 400-800 pounds and are 8-15 feet in length. However, the largest gator ever recorded was 19.2 feet and weighed 1,043 pounds. They also have a bite force of 2,980 PSI. With sizes and strength like this, the only predators they really have are each other, as we can see from the video above and human hunting. 

However, the FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) shares that the real danger is to juvenile alligators and eggs. They are hunted by predators such as raccoons, otters, wading birds, and even fish. They, unfortunately, do not have the means to defend themselves, like the adult alligators did in the video above. 

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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