Reminder: Stay Safe Around Alligators

Alligators are wild animals native to this area living in and near our lagoons. They are fascinating creatures and even though they are naturally afraid of humans, they should be enjoyed only from a safe distance. There has been a recent surge in alligator activity so, for your safety, the simplest and most practical recommendations are:

  1. Pay close attention to your surroundings.
  2. Always leave alligators alone.
  3. Keep people and pets away from them and their habitat.

To be safe around alligators, remember:

  • Do not feed alligators. Feeding alligators is illegal and reduces their fear of humans. If you see someone feeding alligators, contact the S.C. Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-922-5431.
  • Keep your distance. Alligators can run faster than you.
  • Do not attempt to move alligators out of the road.
  • It is illegal to harass, throw things at or harm alligators in any way.
  • Do not disturb nests or small alligators. Female alligators are very protective.
  • Keep your pets and children away from alligators.
  • Do not corner, trap or hunt alligators.
  • Be alert around the shore of freshwater ponds or wetlands.
  • Avoid swimming in areas that are known habitats for large alligators.
  • If you have a concern about an alligator, call the Seabrook Island Security Gate at 843-768-6641 or S.C. Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-922-5431.

The Seabrook Island Property Owners’ Association (SIPOA) has developed a policy for determining whether or not an alligator qualifies as a “nuisance alligator” and therefore warrants removal under the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Nuisance Alligator Program. Removal occurs relatively infrequently. Click here to learn what to do if you have a concern or complaint about an alligator.

Some interesting facts about alligators:

  • Alligators have between 74 and 80 teeth in their mouth at one time. As teeth wear down, they are replaced. An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.
  • Mating season for alligators is mid-April through early June when temperatures are warm between 80° and 90° F. Baby alligators hatch in August and September and measure about 6 to 8 inches. 
  • Juvenile alligators grow about one foot per year. Adult male alligators measure 11 – 15 feet in length; adult females 8 – 9 feet in length.

To read more about staying safe around alligators, click here. Property owners should share this information with visitors and rental guests.

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