Wave of huge alligators causes chaos in South as males look for sex in mating ...

Residents of Florida and Texas were frightened to see large male alligators in their neighborhoods as the massive reptiles seek a female companion for mating season.

An 11ft6in alligator stopped traffic on a roadway in Cleveland, Texas, just outside of Houston in the early morning hours of Monday.

The creature was crossing US 59 near the SH 105 intersection in Cleveland when a wrangler was called to the scene, according to the Houston Chronicle.

An 11ft6in alligator stopped traffic on a roadway in Cleveland, Texas, just outside of Houston in the early morning hours of Monday

An 11ft6in alligator stopped traffic on a roadway in Cleveland, Texas, just outside of Houston in the early morning hours of Monday

The creature was crossing US 59 near the SH 105 intersection in Cleveland when a wrangler was called to the scene

The alligator was hit by an 18-wheeler as it was crossing the southbound lane of traffic

The alligator was hit by an 18-wheeler as it was crossing the southbound lane of traffic

Chance Ward, a local resident, was called in to evacuate the animal

He tied him up, hoisted him on a truck, and then released him to a local swamp

He tied him up, hoisted him on a truck, and then released him to a local swamp

He tied him up, hoisted him on a truck, and then released him to a local swamp

The alligator was hit

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