An alligator lost by a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer at his daughter's school show-and-tell is likely safe in a nearby swamp and animal enthusiasts shouldn't worry about the reptile, the agency says.

Fish and Wildlife spokesman Stan Kirkland says some people have called because they're concerned that the 5-foot alligator had electrical tape wrapped around its mouth when it jumped from the officer's truck.

Kirkland says the tape will eventually work its way off the alligator's mouth. The reptiles don't generally feed during the winter months, according to Kirkland.

He said it's a bad idea for anyone to try to find the animal and remove the tape.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.