I used to live in Southwest Florida and for some reason, people there got used to gators being around, you know, like seeing a squirrel in Jersey.  It was really no big deal, you just paid attention to the “do not molest the alligator” sign (a very peculiar choice of words by the way), and you should be all good. 

The penalty for messing with an alligator is 30 days in jail but that begs the question, who is messing with these dinosaurs?  Not all gators are created equal either.  Every once and a while you'd bump into a mother trucker like this and wonder if this is the day you go home to meet Jesus.

What I’m about to show you is the epic saga of a bird that had no idea how close it came to being lunch and a giant, alpha gator that decided to be a full-blown cannibal at the drop of a dime.  Savage. 

Does this make you want to never go anywhere tropical again in your life? I can tell you from personal experience, I had a friend with a dog on a leash when she went for a walk on a golf course and that friend came home with just a leash. When you go down south for a little R&R be careful kids.

By the way, it is illegal to own an alligator in New Jersey so don't get any big ideas. Here are some other exotic animals that you are allowed to own:

10 Exotic Animals That Are Legal To Own In New Jersey

Who woulda thought?

Here is a list of animals that are illegal to own in each state:

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

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