This is why you might see an alligator in your yard

by: WFTV Web Staff Updated:

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The lack of rain is noticeable across Central Florida, and Eyewitness News learned the low lakes may send animals on the hunt for water.

Alligators may respond by leaving a shrinking lake to find more water and more space from other alligators.

“This time of year, because they’re on the move, alligators can walk miles. On dry land, you’d be surprised how far,” said Donald Aldarelli, with Gatorland. “If you have a pond out back that’s been gator free, this is the time of year you may see them. Double check, expect the unexpected. You might be surprised to see one or two hanging out.”

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Photos: Severe drought affecting Central Florida lakes and rivers