If I look a little uneasy, look over my shoulder to the left in the photo. There is nothing between me and this alligator other than a split-rail fence which he could crawl right under if he wanted to, it was completely open.
We estimate him to be about 8’ long and about 15’ away from us. You can also see him next to Bill.
When we continued walking on the trail (you can see a bit of the sidewalk in the lower left corner of the photo with Bill), we had to walk within 5-6 feet of this Big Boy’s tail.
I loved the warning signs throughout the park that said to stay back at least 15’ from the alligators and if they open their mouths defensively or hiss at you, to get even further back. If this one had shown any interest in us at all we would have been at the end of the trail in lightening speed! No one would have to tell me to back away!