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Come meet the largest alligator ever caught in Texas at Gator Country

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BY KFDM
Hundreds of alligators in one spot may sound like somewhere to avoid, but Gator Country attracts crowds of people every year.

Located in Southeast Texas, the park sits on an abandoned gator farm that once housed 1,100 alligators. Since 2005, it has brought together hundreds of nuisance alligators and other reptiles.

Gary Saurage, his wife Shannon, and their crew of brave employees take care of more than five-hundred alligators that live at the park.

"Every day, we have to preach that something bad could happen in the blink of an eye...and it really could," said Saurage. "You have to constantly realize you're dealing with an animal that will rip your arm off that fast."

One animal, Big Al, is 85 years old and has been at the farm since 1984. At 13 feet and 4 inches, Big Al survived six years of abandonment on the farm prior to the creation of Gator Country.

A more recent addition to the area is Big Tex. Saurage and his crew caught Big Tex when he was reported as a nuisance gator in a lake. Seven inches longer than Big Al, Big Tex has been trained at Gator Country and even gives his trainers kisses.

Big Tex is reportedly the largest alligator ever caught alive in Texas. He was getting "too friendly" with humans at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge so wildlife officials had him removed.

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Saurage says teaching people about reptiles is what makes this crazy job worth the risk.

"It's really the educational value of this is what I'm so proud of," he said.

The beauty and danger of these animals are on display for visitors to see.

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