Mark Olson/FCSO

The roving reptile might’ve been driven into the open by Tropical Storm Colin.

Proving that a stolid beast of the swamp is better than many people at traffic safety, a 5-foot-long alligator was seen recently in northeast Florida traversing a road within the boundaries of a crosswalk.

Officers with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office spotted the reptile on Monday morning milling about some bushes. “It was sitting by the crosswalk and suddenly scampered across the entire roadway in the crosswalk,” the department writes on Facebook. A Flagler corporal adds: “He just walked in the crosswalk like it was normal.”

A trapper was called but the alligator disappeared into the woods, presumably to scoot around one of Florida’s many roundabouts in a safe, orderly fashion. Given that reptiles tend to roam around in times of heavy rain and flooding, this might not be the last gator sighting as Tropical Storm Colin makes its way over the state.

H/t NBC 6

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. An aerial photo of downtown Miami.
    Life

    The Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Aren’t What You Think

    Looking at the population and job growth of large cities proper, rather than their metro areas, uncovers some surprises.

  2. Environment

    What U.S. Cities Facing Climate Disaster Risks Are Least Prepared?

    New studies find cities most vulnerable to climate change disasters—heat waves, flooding, rising seas, drought—are the least prepared.

  3. a photo of a tiny house in Oregon
    Design

    How Amazon Could Transform the Tiny House Movement

    Could the e-commerce giant help turn small-home living from a niche fad into a national housing solution?

  4. Charts

    The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams

    A new exhibit from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association showcases the simple visualizations of complex ideas that have changed how we live.

  5. a photo of a BYD-built electric bus.
    Transportation

    A Car-Centric City Makes a Bid for a Better Bus System

    Indianapolis is set to unveil a potentially transformative all-electric bus rapid transit line, along with a host of major public transportation upgrades.

×