Alligator spotted on roadway near creek in Elmore Co. - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Alligator spotted on roadway near creek in Elmore Co.

Photo sent to WSFA 12 News by Beth Floyd Photo sent to WSFA 12 News by Beth Floyd
TALLASSEE, AL (WSFA) -

A motorist got a shock early this morning on Rifle Range Road in Elmore County when a large alligator crawled in front of their vehicle.

The Elmore County Sheriff's Department says this photo was snapped around 3 a.m. on Rifle Range Road, just south of Taylor Road by the Tumkeehatchee Creek.

The person who spotted the gator immediately called the authorities to the scene. Once on the scene, Lt. Robert Moncrief says deputies followed proper procedure which was to alert the Alabama Department of Conservation to the presence of the large reptile. 

Lt. Moncrief says a deputy stayed on the scene until the alligator crawled off of the roadway and back into the woods. It is possible the gator could still be in the area.

"I'm seeing more and more every year," said Lt. Moncrief when asked about alligators in Elmore County. "Normally you see them down by the river. I've never seen one in this area, but we're seeing more and more every year."

Judging by the photo, Lt. Moncrief says this alligator is approximately 14 feet long. In the photo, the alligator's nose is right on the center yellow line of the road - his tail is hanging about two feet off of the other side of the roadway.

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