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Photographers capture gator snacking on another

Posted at 2:45 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 17:22:24-04

It's definitely gator season in Florida, and there are videos to prove it.

Photographer Andrew Lilyquist was walking around the Circle B Bar Nature Reserve on Wednesday in Lakeland, looking for wildlife to photograph. He caught an unbelievable moment.

"My heart was racing," he said.

In a series of pictures and videos, Lilyquist captured a mammoth alligator chowing down on a much smaller gator.

In one video clip, the bigger gator swings the smaller gator around, splashing him in the water, presumably to get a better grip of him.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesperson said alligators resorting to cannibalism is somewhat common, especially between males and during mating season.

The encounter on Wednesday morning came just days after a video went viral in the exact same spot of an even bigger gator -- estimated around 12 feet long -- chowed down on a different gator.

Lilyquist went out to Circle B Bar Reserve hoping to see the same encounter and capture it with his camera.