07/10/2012 at 09:00 AM EDT
Is Kellan Lutz
playing Crocodile Dundee?
actor had a macho moment with an alligator during a recent trip to the Florida Everglades. Wearing a rugged look and a fierce expression, the actor gripped a black alligator that was wrapped around his neck and over his shoulders.
"With an American alligator -4foot individual about a teenager," he Tweeted
on Monday. "It's nesting season now for these guys!"
Lutz, 27, is in Florida with GQ
and Lacoste to bring attention to the work of the Everglades Foundation, a conservation group that works to protect the Everglades.
"Such beautiful animals!" he wrote. "True dinosaurs. Help us protect them."