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A day after photographer Octavia Heart provided TV stations with video of a large alligator feeding on a smaller one at Circle B Bar Reserve, several other photographers came upon a similar scene there today. Check out some of their photos and videos. (Note: County officials announced this afternoon that Circle B’s Marsh Rabbit Run, where these incidents took place, is temporarily closed; it’s mating season, they say, and the gators could use some privacy.)

Definitely mating season. Lakeland man just snapped this photo this morning of a huge gator snacking on another.

— Ryan Raiche (@ryanraiche) April 13, 2016

Yikes. One hungry gator. Video taken by Andrew Lilyquist.

— Ryan Raiche (@ryanraiche) April 13, 2016

Here’s another pic taken by Andrew Lilyquist of Lakeland. Gators get super aggressive during mating season.

— Ryan Raiche (@ryanraiche) April 13, 2016

A spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife told ABC Action News that cannibalism is somewhat common among alligators, especially between males during male season, which lasts through June.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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