The American alligator is found in wetlands throughout the coastal plain of the southeastern United States. They can be found in almost any type of fresh water, but population densities are greatest in wetlands with an abundant food supply and adjacent marsh habitat for nesting. They prefer fresh water but also inhabit brackish water and occasionally venture into salt water.
Alligators are among the largest animals in North America. Males can attain a size of more than 14 feet (4.3 m) and 1,000 pounds (473 kg). Females can exceed 10 feet (3.1 m) and 250 pounds (116 kg).
Alligator problems occur because alligators quickly become conditioned to humans, especially when food is involved. Habitually feeding alligators cause alligator problems because they lose their fear of humans and can be dangerous to unsuspecting humans, especially children. Many aggressive or “fearless” alligators require alligator removal each year following feeding by humans. Ponds and waterways at golf courses and high-density housing create a similar problem when alligators become accustomed to living near people.
Alligator problems are very serious as alligator damage is extremely severe. Alligator damage is usually limited to injuries or death to humans or domestic animals. Most alligator problems and alligator damage from bites occur in Florida. Alligators prefer to seize an appendage and twist it off by spinning. Many serious injuries have involved badly damaged and broken arms on humans and legs on animals.
The American alligator is federally classified as “threatened due to similarity of appearance” to other endangered and threatened crocodilians. This provides federal protection for alligators but allows state-approved management and alligator control programs. Alligators can be legally taken only by individuals with proper licenses or permits.
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