SCDNR - Alligator information

Here’s a list of SCDNR recommendations for alligator encounters:
Don’t feed alligators. This is a most important rule as feeding alligators threatens the safety of both people and animals. Providing food for these wild animals makes them bolder and encourages them to seek out people
Keep your distance. Although they may look slow and awkward, alligators are extremely powerful and can move with a startling burst of speed on land over short distances.
Do not attempt to move alligators out of the road. If you see an alligator on the move, leave it alone and let it pass on through. Alligators move the most in spring and summer when they are breeding.
It is illegal to harass or throw things at alligators. They are living organisms that warrant respect and it is not productive to annoy them.
Never disturb nests or small alligators. Some female alligators protect their young and may become aggressive if provoked.
Do not attempt to keep alligators as pets. Keeping a baby alligator as a pet is a foolish idea, not to mention illegal in some states.
Keep your pets and children away from alligators. Large alligators do not recognize the difference between domestic pets and wild food sources.
It is best to avoid swimming in areas that are known habitats for large alligators but at the least, never swim alone.
Do not corner alligators if participating in recreational activities, such as skiing, canoeing, kayaking, or even taking photographs.