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Safety Tips and Facts To Keep in Mind During Alligator Hatching Season

  • Alligators inhabit our area and they do live in Sea Pines, assume every body of water could contain an alligator.
  • Stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings, if you must be near a body of water, use caution.
  • Do not approach alligators, no matter how big or small.
  • Never feed or harass an alligator.
  • Be mindful of children and pets and make sure they stay away from lagoons and waterways.
  • Nesting & Alligator Hatchlings:
    • Females lay between 20-60 eggs near a body of fresh water and covers them with vegetation.
    • Be conscious of nests near the water’s edge that are covered and not easily seen.
    • Never come between a female alligator and her nest or young. You will immediately be considered a threat. Alligators aren’t hardwired for aggressive behavior toward humans unless they perceive a threat.
    • Sea Pines Security places a sign where they are aware of an alligator nest.
    • Eggs typically hatch in August or September and the baby alligators are often taken to the water, one by one, by the female. The young remain with the female for up to a year and are defended by her against predators like wading birds.
    • Hatchlings need all the help they can get because their survival rates are dismally low. Eighty to ninety percent of the hatchlings will end up being eaten by a bird, raccoon, otter, snake or mature gator.
If you encounter an alligator that you believe is acting aggressively, call Sea Pines Security Dispatch at 843.671.7170 to report its behavior and location.