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An Alligator Safety Guide


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American alligator in a marsh, jaws agape.Your chance of being attacked by an alligator in Florida, where most attacks occur, is about one in 24 million.


Your chance of winning Florida's Lotto Jackpot is one million better.*

(Image: Erin & Lance Willett/ Creative Commons license.)


So, if you learn more about alligators and apply the information, you improve your safety factor (and by comparison, better your statistical odds at winning millions).


Lottery money.This isn't a promotion for the Florida lottery, but an effort to shed the lights of accurate knowledge and perspective on the subject of the human-alligator relationship. Folks who live in alligator territory are rightly concerned about their safety in the presence of these powerful reptiles. (Image above: istockphoto/Kydroon)


Consider this: A resident of, or visitor to, the southeastern United States is more likely to die (let alone be injured) as the result of an automobile or airplane crash, lightning strike, drowning, fireworks discharge, smoke inhalation, fire, tornado impact, electrocution, dog attack, legal execution or even the impact of an asteroid, than from an alligator attack. 

(Image at left: istockphoto/stockhlm)


So, chances are you'll never need to use the information on this page, but knowing it may give you some peace of mind and aid you in enjoying our shared environment safely. This information also offers a glimpse of the alligator's fascinating physiology and behavior that have enabled it to outlive the dinosaurs. Our ultimate goal should be to avoid conflict, but this can only be done if the self-aware, more intelligent species takes the initiative.


It's not difficult. Below are twelve tips to aid you in doing so.**


* Data sources: Florida Lottery; Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission:; Live Science

** See the important legal disclaimer at the bottom of this page.


SUGGESTED ARTICLE CITATION: Dupont, Israel. 2008. An Alligator Safety Guide. Israel Dupont. May 2008; Rev. February 2015 [Insert date accessed].





Americna alligator in a marsh, jaws agape.Safety tips

by the dozen*


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(Image: Erin & Lance Willett/ Creative Commons license)

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.






* LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This safety information is offered as general information only, and the author and owner 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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