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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.


The letter"T".his section presents an effort to shed the light 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.


Tens of millions of people have been sharing habitat with alligators in the 80 years since alligator conflicts have been recorded, and only relatively few human-to-alligator incidents have been known to occur.


Chances are, you'll never need to use the information in this section, 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 to grasp the basic elements of safety in alligator territory. Above are twelve tips (via links) to aid you in doing so*, in descending order of importance.


(This article, "An Alligator Safety Guide", is meant to complement the alligator species profile, "Meet the Amazing Alligator", linked by the "ABOUT ALLIGATORS" tab atop this page. References for the present article are included in the list of those for the article, "Meet the Amazing Alligator", and all may be found here.)



SUGGESTED ARTICLE CITATION: Dupont, Israel. 2008. An alligator safety guide: safety tips by the dozen. [ [insert date cited] ];.Rev. December 2016. Available from: laa_safety.htm



* LEGAL NOTICE: This safety information is offered as general information only, and the Owner and Author of this website, his/its affiliates, associates, agents, assigns and/or 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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