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In August 2004, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service finally cleared up the issue by issuing a press release identifying the photographs as being taken in south Georgia (Near the Georgia/South Carolina border) by a USFWS officer in March 2004.
University of Arkansas
The longest recorded alligator was 19 feet, 2 inches, caught in Louisiana in the early 1900s. Most wild alligators do not get above 13 feet in length...
"Old Joe" the alligator at Wakulla Springs Lodge
Old Joe was an 11-foot-long alligator of undetermined age (some said he was 300) who lived on a sand bar in Wakulla Springs... He was much beloved by the locals until he was shot dead by a poacher in 1966.
The Fish and Wildlife Service stuffed Joe, then dragged him around the state for years, an exhibit to be poked and prodded by sticky-fingered school kids. Now Joe is back home, in dignified retirement in a glass case in the lobby of the Wakulla Springs Hotel.
The largest alligator ever recorded in Florida was 17 feet 5 inches long (5.3 meters). The largest alligator ever recorded measured 19 feet 2 inches (5.8 meters) and was found in Louisiana.