A massive cannibal alligator was caught on camera walking across a golf course in Florida with a small gator in its mouth.

The reptile named "Grandpappy" was seen carrying off the smaller alligator in his jaws. The video was filmed at a Lakeland golf course and posted to Facebook last week by Julie Marchillo Smith, who estimated the alligator to be 20-foot-long. His victim was said to be 6-foot-long, CL Tampa reported.

The caption in the video claimed the alligator feasted on the reptile. However, the video did not capture it.

"I have never seen one that big before," an onlooker was heard in the video, while another yells "put that gator down!"

The video of Grandpappy was reposted by the Everglades Holiday Park, which said: "With mating season fast approaching, male alligators start to get aggressive and will often kill smaller gators that enter their territory."

Alligator breeding season mostly starts in April, and mating time tends to begin in May and June, depending on temperatures.

Male alligators tend to grow up to 15 feet and the largest on record in Florida measured 14 feet 3.5 inches.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), alligators are known to kill smaller gators that enter their territory during mating seasons.

Alligator sightings are common in Florida, and there have been several instances when these reptiles are seen lurking in neighborhoods. About one-quarter of the estimated 5 million American gators living in the southeastern United States are found in Florida. Currently, there are about 1.3 million alligators in Florida, and they're found in all 67 counties, especially on golf courses.

The FWC urged the public to avoid getting close to alligators during the mating season and contact their Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).

Last year, in August, a Florida family was shocked after they spotted a huge alligator wandering in their yard in Longwood in Seminole County. The homeowner said the gator got entangled in a lacrosse net for about 45 minutes. The resident was initially terrified when he saw the alligator. Minutes later, the gator got stuck in the net, trying hard to get out of it. It took a long time for the gator to free itself and wander into the nearby woods.

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