Brave Turtle Hitches A Ride On The Back Of An Alligator

Brave Turtle Hitches A Ride On The Back Of An Alligator

A travel blogger named Jef has seen a lot throughout his years of traveling. Recently, he was enjoying all that Florida has during a trip to Tampa.

In true Florida fashion, Jef stumbled upon a bizarre scene unfolding in a pond. A turtle was riding an alligator "like it's a horse."

Jef managed to snap a photo of the brave turtle and shared it on his Facebook page, Traveling with Jef.

He captioned the photo: "You know you're in #florida when you see a turtle riding a gator around a pond like it's a horse."

After being shared on Facebook, people were quick to chime in. "Florida hitch hikers," one person commented. " Gotta love Florida," another added.

In a statement to Fox 35 News, Jef said: "I was laughing because it just seemed like such a Florida thing."

He added that the turtle eventually hopped off the alligator, who was estimated to be around 10 feet long, in favor of a log.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, alligators are opportunistic feeders and eat turtles, along with rough fish, snakes, small mammals, and birds.

What a brave turtle!

Malorie Thompson

Malorie works as a writer and editor in Northern California. She's passionate about food, conscious living, animal welfare, and conservation. She's worked with a variety of publications in different sectors but is happiest covering topics close to her heart. When not at her laptop, Malorie can be found enjoying picnics on the beach, hiking in the redwoods, and spending time with her rescue pup, Jax.

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