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An Alligator Safety Guide

 

An alligator shares a footpath with humans.SAFETY TIPS

By the Dozen*

 

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1.Be aware on, in or near water. 2. Never approach an alligator.
3. Be extra aware during
the warmer seasons.
4. Never feed or entice an alligator.
5. Report illegal feeding or enticing. 6. Contact authorities if you suspect
a threatening alligator.
7. Create a barrier on your property. 8. If charged, run away
in a straight line.
9. If attacked, fight back. 10. If bitten, seek medical attention.
11. Never take one from the wild. 12. Share your knowledge.

 

 

3. Be extra-aware during the warmer seasons.

 

A canal in a Miami neighborhood.Your chance of encountering an alligator is greatest during the animal's courtship and mating 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.                                     (Image: © istockphoto/abstrand)

 

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 section, "Thermoregulation".

 

 

 

 

 

 

* LEGAL NOTICE: This safety information is offered as general information only, and the Owner and Author of this website, his/its affiliates, associates, agents, and advertisers assume no liability in connection with this advice and/or its observance. Every situation with its myriad of factors is unique and impossible to predict, even by an expert. The consideration of the information presented here and from other reliable sources, along with the exercise of good sense and judgment, can go a long way to helping you stay safe. Furthermore, the Owner and Author of this website does not provide legal consultation. To obtain legal advice, consult a qualified attorney.  Any information provided, and/or offers made on this website, are void where prohibited by law. Please refer to this website's Terms of Service for more detailed information.

 

 

 

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