'They’re fighting': Alligators pound front door of Fort Myers home
Susan Geshel was getting coffee around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday when she heard a pounding on her front door.
To Geshel's surprise, there were two alligators around 7 feet in length outside her Pelican Preserve home in Fort Myers.
Geshel said one of the alligator's snouts was on the glass window and pinned on the door. The other was at a distance with its snout open.
Geshel said she was nervous because one of the alligators had clamped its jaws on the body of the other gator and pinned it on a wall.
“They’re fighting,” Geshel said while she called her husband Joe.
She captured the moment on video and posted it on Facebook.
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Geshel said the alligators were on her property for about 20 minutes before they took off. One of the gators crossed the street to a neighbor's house. She didn’t see where the other alligator went but it may have gone to a pond near the area, she said.
“They made a mess on the front door,” Geshel said.
After living at Pelican Preserve for 15 years, it was a first for Geshel to see alligators outside her home.
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According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Melody Kilborn, the two adult male alligators in Geshel's video are exhibiting a typical reaction to being in a somewhat confined space.
"Alligators are most active and visible when the weather is warm, and in some places in Florida, that can occur year-round," Kilborn said in a written statement.
Kilborn said the public should be aware that alligators can be in any body of water regardless of the weather.
Alligator courtship begins in April and mating usually occurs in May and June. They become sexually mature and active when alligators reach about 7 feet in length, according to FWC.
Alligator safety tips
- Keep a safe distance. Never feed one. When fed, alligators can overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food.
- Swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn.
- Keep pets on a leash and away from the water’s edge. Pets can resemble alligators’ natural prey.
- If someone is concerned about an alligator, they should call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).
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