See a large alligator casually wandering across a popular route as a hiker approaches it.

A hiker recently had an unexpected encounter with a big alligator while touring a Florida nature preserve. 

After stopping to allow the animal some room, Earmonn Molloy decided to document his encounter with the animal on his phone.

You can see the footage of the impressive beast crossing the path without paying any attention.

 Molloy down below, courtesy of Fox 35 Orlando.

Despite their intimidating appearance and reputation, alligators tend to avoid contact with people.

National Geographic reports that just 383 cases of alligator bites resulting in severe injuries were reported between 1948 and 2016.

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