Does This Photo Show a 28-Foot-Long Florida Alligator?

In April 2013, a gigantic alligator, measuring a staggering 28 feet in length, was described as a behemoth and a giant gator. This item had versions dating back to April 2006 when it was reported that the 13-foot gator had enlarged and shifted its locale from Florida to Texas. The first internet hit of an alleged 28-foot alligator was described in August 2005, with an unspecified size.

[Collected via e-mail, April 2013 ]

This alligator was found between Lakeland and Winter Haven Florida near the house of Anita and Charlie Rogers, who could hear the beast bellowing in the night.Their neighbors had been telling them that they had seen a mammoth alligator in the waterway that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations.

“I didn’t believe it,” Charles Rogers said, but after the alligator was killed, they realized the stories were, if anything, understated. Game wardens were forced to shoot the alligator. Joe Goff, a 6’5″ tall game warden, shown below, walks past the 28-foot, 1-inch long alligator that he helped shoot and kill in the Rogers’ back yard.

[Collected via e-mail, April 2006]

Florida grows em BIIIIIIIG

This alligator was found between Orlando and Titusville, Florida near a house. How would you like to meet this fella in the dark? Never let it be said that we don’t grow them big in Florida .. Game wardens were forced to shoot the alligator- guess he wouldn’t cooperate…

Anita and Charlie Rogers could hear the bellowing in the night.

Their neighbors had been telling them that they had seen a mammoth alligator in the waterway that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations. “I didn’t believe it,” Charles Rogers said. Friday they realized the stories were, if anything, understated. Florida Parks and Wildlife game wardens had to shoot the beast Joe Goff, 6’5″ tall, a game warden with the Florida Parks and Wildlife Department, walks past a 23-foot, 1-inch alligator that he shot and killed in their back yard.

[Collected via e-mail, August 2005]

This is a real photo of a gator killed in Bay City, TX.

Lot of South Texas Nuc Plant folk live in this area. Look at the size of that head!

Here is another reason to stay out of the ditches and bayous.

This was found at Bar X, which is between Angleton and West Columbia, near a house. How would you like to meet this fella in the dark? Never let it be said that we don’t grown them big in Texas.

In April 2005, a photograph was taken in Columbia, a town near West Texas, which accurately reflected an account of a game warden killing an alligator. The photograph accompanied the original text, claiming fame as the primary town of the Texas Republic’s capital.

Game wardens forced to shoot alligatorPublished April 16, 2005

WEST COLUMBIA – Anita and Charlie Rogers could hear the bellowing in the night.

Her neighbors in Bar X Ranch had been telling them they had seen a giant alligator in the bayou that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations.

“I didn’t believe it,” Charles Rogers said. Friday they realized the stories were, if anything, understated. Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens had to shoot the beast.

(Caption: Joe Goff, a game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, walks past a 13-foot, 1-inch alligator that he shot and killed in the back yard of the home at the Bar X Ranch on FM 521 near West Columbia.)

The astonishing image was captured by Val Horvath, a photographer who was employed by The Facts, a newspaper in Clute, Texas.

It is disputed that the American alligator is the largest species reported, with a length of 19.8 feet. However, there have been reports of American alligators reaching a length of 28 feet, which would make them the largest example of this species. It is beyond the realm of credibility that a specimen as large as 13 feet or even 15 to 10 feet would be considered extraordinarily one-sized. The American alligator is commonly found throughout the southern United States, including the eastern third of Texas, in marshes, bayous, rivers, and swamps, as well as other sources of fresh water.

Is the reptile in the background truly bigger than it appears in proportion, especially its head, as depicted in this photograph where an alligator, positioned in the foreground with its head facing the camera, appears to be strolling? This serves as another illustration of how the positioning of objects in photographs can magnify their apparent size.