Alligator mating season is from late April to June and during this time, they are likely to wander from pond to pond as they search for a mate.
After a courtship, the female lays between 20-60 eggs. The nests are constructed of vegetation and materials from the surrounding habitat which is sometimes difficult to see. Signs will be added where we are aware of an active alligator nest to help bring it to your attention. Female alligators are very protective of their eggs and young, so please be observant and always follow the below safety guidelines:
- Assume every body of water contains an alligator
- Stay at least 60 feet (4 car lengths) away from alligators
- Alligators are ambush predators and can move faster than you or your pets
- Keep pets and children away from water’s edge
- Swimming or wading is prohibited in Sea Pines’ waterways
- Feeding or harassing alligators is dangerous and illegal
- When fishing or crabbing do not throw used bait or fish parts into the water
In addition, please take the time to read our Digital Guide to Living with Alligators.
To report an aggressive or nuisance alligator or to report any safety concerns regarding alligators, please immediately contact the Sea Pines Security Department Dispatch Phone Line at 843.671.7170.