Toddler Befriends Sewer Gator, Calls It ‘Turtle’

by Matthew Memrick

A two-year-old Florida boy spotted a big sewer gator outside a Jacksonville restaurant recently and called it “Turtle.”

But, according to Newsweek, this was no turtle-sized beast. It was huge. 

Joseph Brenner’s Reddit photo post on Oct. 19 revealed the sewer gator through a grate to be quite a bit bigger.

Newsweek got in touch with the man after his photo was removed due to a website page policy. That policy required the picture to be either a gif or a video. 

Brenner also provided a video documenting his shock at the sight of the reptile.

The man said, “yo, look at this in the sewer outside of Cantina. There is a ginormous alligator, and it is alive as hell.”

The man’s son chimes in, saying, “Hello, Mr. Alligator!”

Throw in an AF in there, and we’re all good.

Florida’s Gator Population

Between Louisiana and the Sunshine State, most folks think Florida has the most alligators. Louisiana says it has more, and they both probably have over a million alligators in each state. So, it’s pretty close.

But does Louisiana have both alligators and crocodiles like Florida? Well, according to the website Owlcation, Florida holds the title of the only place in the world inhabited by both alligators and crocodiles.

Florida’s got a lot of gators and sewer gators, and would you believe the state has more alligator attacks on people than any other U.S. state.

Yes, Time Magazine looked at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission data and came up with a number. There have been 24 deadly alligator attacks since 1948, with 14 coming in the last 20 years. 

Alligator bites are a different story. From 2010 to 2020, the magazine said an average of about ten alligator bites a year in the 2010s. In the 1980s, there was an average of eight bites per year.

Up the road in South Carolina, there has been an upward trend of attacks. That state has an estimated 100,000 gators, and a few of the recent attacks involve women walking their dogs.

Gator Coming, What To Do?

Frank Mazzotti, an alligator expert and professor at the University of Florida, has previously told Newsweek that alligators are not an immediate threat to humans.

The expert said millions of people cohabitate in lots of places with alligators. They’re not likely dangerous but could be under the right circumstances.

So, what do you do if part of you gets into a gator or sewer gator’s mouth?

“Poke the gator in the eyes and try to ram your hand down its throat,” Mazzotti told Time. The man also stated that gators move their food in their mouths, so be ready to move out of it.

Also, just like in a bear encounter, make yourself as big as possible. That bigness will mean the gator is less likely to come after you.