Watch This Alligator Climb a Fence Like a Ninja

Alligator climbing fence. Photo by Eric Kilby

This alligator shows great skill with its acrobatic fence-climbing abilities. Forget Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – this is how alligators do it!

In the video below we see a large gator climbing over a fence at Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.


Despite lacking the morphological adaptations for climbing trees, various crocodilians have been observed climbing and in some cases spending considerable time in trees, high above the ground.

In Colombia, for instance, juvenile crocs have been observed climbing to heights of nearly 30 feet.

The Australian freshwater crocodile, the Nile crocodile, the American crocodile (found generally in Central and South America), and the American alligator have all been documented climbing trees.

A sub-adult American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) perching on a tree branch in Pearl River Delta, Mississippi.
Photo by Kristine Gingras

Judging from the video, it’s clear that they can climb more than just trees!

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this…

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