COULD AN ALLIGATOR BE PART OF YOUR CHARLESTON SC VACATION?
Alligators, derived from the Spanish word “el lagarto”, meaning “the lizard”, are as much part of the lowcountry as oysters and shrimp.
In any river, marsh, swamp, canal or lake one could be found. You will never see an alligator in the ocean because they cannot process salt water, although in mixed salt brackish waters they will be found.
For your safety:
- Never try and feed an alligator.
- Don’t swim or go near the water’s edge at dusk or dawn because they tend to feed or hunt during this time.
- If you see a gator do not go in the water and keep small children and pets away.
- If you come upon an alligator, move away quickly. They rarely chase but if they do, run in a straight line away.
- If you see a baby alligator do not approach, the protective mother is always close by.
The American Alligator was once endangered and now is a successful thriving success story with more than one million in the wild.
The good news is The Department of Natural Resources has stated that there has never been a recorded death from an alligator attack in South Carolina. In the past 100 years there have been less than 20 attacks on humans.
So when visiting our beautiful Charleston area, keep an eye out and you might just see an alligator sunning or cruising our many waterways!