Alligator blocks lanes on Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Even before the morning commute there was a traffic problem in West Palm Beach Thursday morning.

A nearly 10-foot alligator decided to walk across Australian Avenue just before 4 a.m.

Witnesses say the reptile Was even chomping on the bumper of a car.

When Florida Fish and Wildlife arrived the gator was already going into the nearby water.
 
Experts say it is alligator mating season -- and we're in a time known as "the crawl."

First alligators leave their watery homes to find a mate. Then the females start looking for places to nest. So there is a lot of action over the next month or so.

If you see an alligator you think is too close or too big -- call the nuisance gator hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR. The best piece of advice is really just to stay away from them.

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