The 11-foot alligator blocks traffic on the Florida freeway

A giant 11-foot alligator walked into State Road 417 in Florida Wednesday morning, stopping traffic for nearly an hour, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

The “moving speed bump” probably came from Lake Jesup, which is “quite the gator-populated lake,” Bob Kealing, public information administrator for the sheriff’s office, told CNN.

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Lake Jesup, located in the center of Seminole County, is one of the largest lakes in central Florida.

“Thank you media and LEO partners for getting the message out about this 11-footer who was strolling out of Lake Jesup this morning and into northbound 417 traffic, causing quite a queue!” said the sheriff’s office further Twitter.

Kealing told CNN that the gate was on the road from about 6 p.m. 8.00 to kl. 9 a.m. local time – and that it’s not uncommon to find stray streets blocking traffic in Seminole County. “This is the time of year when alligators are particularly on the move, it’s the mating season,” he said.

Staff from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrived to move the alligator around noon

Kealing advised motorists to always call 911 if they encounter an alligator on the road. “These are significant animals, they can cause significant damage if you do not see one and you run over them,” he said.

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