Mother alligator builds and defends massive nest, despite missing a portion of her lower jaw

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POSTED: Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 8:04am

A wounded alligator is guarding her massive nest in Everglades City, Florida.

"It's a good size nest average two or three feet tall...inside the center of the nest is a tiny cubby hole she's dug out and deposited 30 or 40 eggs," says "Gator" John of Wooten's Everglade Airboat Tours.

While the nest is impressive on its own, it's the mother gator that's catching their attention.

The mother gator has been able to defend her home despite her limitations.

"The front tip of her jaw is missing. The lower jaw front piece, lower flap, is barely hanging there with her teeth fully exposed," "Gator" John explained.

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