VIDEO: Alligator surprises drivers on I-295 in Jacksonville

By Garrett Pelican - Digital executive producer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It wasn't your typical sight that had Jacksonville drivers doing a double-take Easter Sunday as they traveled northbound along Interstate 295.

An alligator somehow found its way out of the swamp and onto the shoulder of I-295 near the exit to J. Turner Butler Boulevard.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a trapper was sent to the scene to trap and kill the 8-foot-long alligator.

Video uploaded to Facebook by Adair Long showed the alligator lying on the pavement and staring down oncoming traffic.

It wasn't the first time a gator turned up in an unusual place this week. Earlier, a different gator decided to leave its domain and take a dip in a Sarasota family's pool.

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