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Alligator climbs over high metal fence

Encounters with alligators are not uncommon in the southern United States. But what a driver filmed in Jacksonville, Florida is now spectacular: A large armored lizard climbs over the fence of a naval base and calmly continues on its way.

Jacksonville - Surprising visit to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville (NAS Jacksonville) in the US state of Florida. As a driver drives past the naval base, she sees an alligator trying to climb the two-meter-high metal fence of the military base on the side of the road.

With teeth and claws over the fence

The perplexed Christina Stewart stops and films with her mobile phone how the armored lizard with the help of her claws and teeth effortlessly overcomes the chain-link obstacle, plopps onto the grass and calmly continues on her way.

When she notifies the military police, she is told that there are no plans to remove the alligator from the base. Unless it poses a danger to residents.

Here you can see the unusual video that Christina Stewart made of the alligator:

Real crocodiles, alligators, caimans

Scientists distinguish three subgroups, all of which belong to the order of crocodiles: alligators, caimans and real crocodiles.

While real crocodiles have a pointed snout, the alligator has an oval shape. Gaviale, which only occurs in Nepal and North India, are among the real crocodiles.

The Jacksonville alligator belongs to the genus of Mississippi alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). These pike alligators are found in the southeastern United States in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, where it inhabits freshwater rivers, swamps, marshlands, and lakes.

More than 1.5 million lizards live in Florida

Alligators can live up to six meters in length and 100 years old. The lizards - the name comes from the Spanish "El lagarto" - can weigh up to half a ton. On land they can run up to 17 kilometers per hour, in water they reach top speeds of 32 kilometers per hour.

Since crocodile bags and items of clothing are no longer made from their leather, their stock has slowly recovered. Most species are now growing rapidly, especially in North America and parts of South America. It is estimated to have more than 1.5 million animals in Florida alone. Almost as many could live in the US state of Louisiana.

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