Be extra-aware during the warmer seasons.
Your chance of encountering an alligator is greatest
during the animal's courtship and
season in the warmest months,
from March through
September. This is when male 'gators
become most dominant and aggressive as they try to intimidate rival
males and attract females by their show of power. Some males end up
having to travel to find a mate.
July through September are when mother 'gators are guarding nests.
This Miami canal serves as
an alligator "highway", conveying the big reptiles literally
into humans' backyards. The soft grass of a residential yard is
an irrestible basking site.
Did You Know?
Seventy-five percent of attacks occur from May-September.
The warmer months
are a very popular time in the southeastern USA for outdoor
activities, and alligators being solar-powered, so-to-speak, are
active, hunting travleing, couritng and mating. The warmth from the sun fires up their
metabolism, giving them renewed energy; and renewed energy means
great potential for conflict. Learn more about this topic in the