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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.



10. If bitten, seek medical attention immediately.


This may seem like a 'no-brainer,' but some who are bitten by smaller crocodilians think that mere first-aid is enough to treat the wound. An immediate concern following a bite is the effect of bacteria, which a 'gator mouth is teeming with. These bacteria, Aeronomus hybrophila among them, can enter the bloodstream through the bite and cause an infection so serious that it can result in the victim's death. (One study found 38 species of bacteria and 20 species of fungi in the alligator mouth!)A serious hand wound.


Did you know? Sixteen alligator bite incidents were recorded in Florida in 2001, an annual record. Learn more about alligator bite records, here.


The bacteria isn't the only issue-- there's also the 'gator's infamous crushing power. The American Alligator and its crocodile cousins have the greatest known bite forces on earth (a large alligator's jaw pressure can be at least five times that of a large lion - nearly 3000 psi). The reptile's jaws can crush muscle and bone, in addition to cutting and tearing.


The photograph above shows the result of the bite of a smaller alligator, about 3 ft/ 1m in length.

(Image: Jarrod Forthman)







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