When I lived in Florida…we had some big ones too. Most of them were around the ponds and lakes.
I hadn't been in Florida more than a month and I am playing a brand new course and a guy in the group hit his ball over by the water. We go looking for his ball…I was using my club to move the tall grass. About the time I tussle the first be of grass I hear "sploosh" I said to the guy who hit it "what was that"? I look and there is a gator raising his head out of the water…had to have been 7-8 foot. Needless to say I didn't look for another ball on that course.