Even though alligators have been around for nearly 40 million years, they're still making headlines. In the past week, two Florida teenagers have been victims of alligator attacks, but were able to fend the gators off.
At Keaton Beach near Tallahassee, 15-year-old Kaleb Towles was spearfishing with his grandfather when a 10-foot-long alligator bit him across the chest. The alligator released its grip, and later Towles and his grandfather managed to kill it.
Earlier in the week, 17-year-old Kaleb "Fred" Langdale was swimming near Moore Haven, Fla., when he lost the lower half of his right arm trying to fend off an attack from an 11-foot-long alligator. The teen's quick thinking saved his life.
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During the warmer weather months, alligators becomes more active as their metabolism increases. This time happens to be when alligators mate, making them more aggressive than they would be otherwise. As a result, alligator attacks can increase in frequency during the summer months.