During the spring and early summer, alligators are most active because it is their breeding season. Residents [and visitors] should take extra care to be aware of alligators and should follow some simple rules to remain safe around them.
- Do not feed alligators. Feeding alligators is punishable by law with fines up to $150 and up to 30 days in jail.
- Keep your distance. A safe distance from an adult alligator should be maintained at about 60 feet. If the alligator hisses or lunges at you, you are too close.
- Do not attempt to move alligators out of the road. If you see an alligator on the move, leave it alone and let it pass on through. Alligators move the most in spring and summer when they are breeding.
- Never disturb nests or small alligators. Some female alligators protect their young and may become aggressive if provoked. Mother alligators will sometime react by hissing, lunging, or swimming toward you but are just signaling you to go away.
- Keep your pets and children away from alligators. Large alligators do not recognize the difference between domestic pets and wild food sources. When they are hungry, alligators act on their hunting instinct and might attempt to feed on your house pet if given the opportunity. Keep your dogs on leashes around alligators. Do not allow your dogs or children to swim in waters inhabited by alligators, or to drink or play at the water’s edge. To an alligator, a splash potentially means a food source is in the water.
If residents follow these rules, alligators and residents should be able to safely cohabitate on Seabrook. Occasionally alligators may exhibit aggressive behavior and must be removed. If you see an alligator showing signs of aggressive behavior, please contact security at 843-768-6641. Additional information on alligator safety can be found here.
-Steve Hirsch, PE, PMP, Director of Engineering