Video of a dinosaur-sized alligator in Florida is going viral — and Twitter is freaking out

Source: Lakeland Police Department/Facebook

On Monday, the police department in Lakeland, Florida, just west of Tampa, uploaded a video to its Facebook page of a colossal alligator at a wildlife sanctuary, and it's sending the internet into a fit.

The gator's incredible size — and the fact that it doesn't chomp down on the nearby tourist-photographers snapping pictures and raising questions about how humans got to the top of the predator chain while not running away from gargantuan alligators — has led some to suspect that the footage is fake.

But, in keeping with all that makes Florida bizarre and great, of course the gator is real — and locals call it "Humpback," because giving this behemoth a nickname is how you minimize an alligator's devastating bite force. But should ol' Humpback the dino-gator feel inclined to chomp down on homo sapiens a la carte, here are some tips on fighting that futile fight.

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Talia Jane

Talia Jane is probably a human and definitely a writer covering trending and breaking news. Find her on Twitter at @itsa_talia

MORE FROM

A Steve Bannon propagandist is turning the alt-right’s antihero Based Stick Man into a comic book

"We’re never going to change the culture from Washington. We’re going to do it from comics, from movies.”

NBC News chief wanted to dial back MSNBC's liberal identity. Then Trump got elected.

Some insiders say MSNBC is having an identity crisis — but the channel is having its best ratings year ever.

What is the Senate parliamentarian? Lately, she’s been Mitch McConnell’s nemesis.

And does the GOP have to follow her rulings?

Anthony Scaramucci acknowledges “colorful language” after ‘New Yorker’ published his wild rant

Scaramucci's "colorful language" revealed the high-stakes tension going on at the White House.

Lindsey Graham says he is creating legislation to block Trump from firing Mueller

Graham said earlier that ousting Mueller would mark the "beginning of the end of the Trump presidency."

A Steve Bannon propagandist is turning the alt-right’s antihero Based Stick Man into a comic book

"We’re never going to change the culture from Washington. We’re going to do it from comics, from movies.”

NBC News chief wanted to dial back MSNBC's liberal identity. Then Trump got elected.

Some insiders say MSNBC is having an identity crisis — but the channel is having its best ratings year ever.

What is the Senate parliamentarian? Lately, she’s been Mitch McConnell’s nemesis.

And does the GOP have to follow her rulings?

Anthony Scaramucci acknowledges “colorful language” after ‘New Yorker’ published his wild rant

Scaramucci's "colorful language" revealed the high-stakes tension going on at the White House.

Lindsey Graham says he is creating legislation to block Trump from firing Mueller

Graham said earlier that ousting Mueller would mark the "beginning of the end of the Trump presidency."