WEST PALM BEACH , FL (WFLX)--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.