Facts About SWFL

Tips to Stay Safe During Gator Mating Season

Ahh, spring! Love is in the air not just for us humans but also for our fellow reptile friends the Florida alligator. It’s gator mating season folks. This courtship normally begins in April, and mating occurs in May-June with hatching occurring from August-September.

Here are somethings you should know.

Do Not Feed Alligators

Maintain Distance
Always try to maintain a minimum distance of 30 feet.

Keep Fideo on a Leash
Don’t let your pet become a victim keep them on a leash; alligators will attack to defend their territory.

If you must swim, stick to springs, pools or the ocean and remember if you can’t see your arms, legs, and feet when you’re in the water, you shouldn’t swim in that water.

It is a myth that you should run in a zig-zag pattern to escape a charging alligator. But if you find yourself in the remarkably unusual situation of a charging alligator, run in a straight line away from the alligator and its habitat.

Alligators are Nocturnal
Alligators are most active between dusk to dawn.

Leave Alligators Alone
Reminder state law prohibits killing, harassing or possessing alligators.

To report a nuisance alligator, call: 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286)

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