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An alligator swims in the murky waters of the Florida Everglades during the rainy season at the Everglades National Park, Friday, July 26, 2013. Seasonal rains bring higher water levels within the Everglades, causing wildlife such alligators to disperse and seen less frequently. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Watch a 12-foot-long alligator stroll across a South Carolina golf course


A huge American alligator was spotted casually strolling across a South Carolina golf course earlier this week. 

Jessica Miller, the head naturalist at the Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort, posted a video on Tuesday of the 12-foot-long reptile. 

"This American alligator traveled down the 4th fairway of Ocean Point Golf Links at Fripp Island this evening," Miller wrote on the resort's Facebook page. "While a small crowd of humans and deer kept watch, he paid us no mind and had only his next pond in his sights." 

Miller added that she and others at the resort measured a spot in the grass where the alligator had laid down. He turned out to be just short of 12 feet. 

American alligators are typically found anywhere from North Carolina to the Rio Grande in Texas. Male alligators are larger than female alligators and on average grow to be about 11.2 feet. Large male alligators can reach a weight of nearly half a ton, according to the Smithsonian Institute.

Miller explained that anyone who encounters an alligator out of the water should "stay back and let him continue his journey." 

In addition, she told ABC affiliate WSOC-TV, that the alligator was likely roaming the area in order to get food and because it's currently mating season. Most importantly, she stressed that people should always give alligators their space and should never feed them.

"It's amazing to be able to observe and coexist with these ancient giants, and respect is key," Miller said.

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