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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
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