9. If attacked, fight back.
Fighting back during an alligator attack is, of course, easier said than done in the fury
and shock of the event, but one must do what is necessary to survive.
As mentioned above, the alligator doesn't like
much trouble when taking food - it prefers an easy meal. If it seizes prey, and the prey fights
back hard, the alligator may release it, depending on
factors such as it's own size relative to that of the victim, it's own
level of aggression, and its measure of hunger. Merely struggling to
break free may not be enough counter-aggression to stop a 'gator, and
may actually prompt a devastating "death roll" response, in which the
reptile furiously spins on its body's central axis to tear muscle and bone free
of the victim's body.
The image above captures the alligator's dramatic
rolling maneuver; this is not shown to scare, but to demonstrate
the reality of this animal's abilities. Remember,
of you ever having to deal with this situation is remote at
(Image: © istockphoto/ntripp)
These armored saurian are among the toughest beasts in the
animal kingdom, so in this author's opinion, an attack victim should channel his or her
nervous energy and willpower to survive and take the offensive
by fighting hard -- not just struggling.
-- fighting very, very hard.
Others on hand during such an event may be able to help by
fighting the reptile, too. This should include punching the snout, poking the
eyes, and even jabbing the ears, which are seen as small slits behind the
Remember: You're far more likely to be hurt
or killed in a car crash than to be attacked by an alligator.