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Yes! You will see alligators at Fisheating Creek.

Did you know?

THE AMERICAN ALLIGATOR (Alligator mississippiensis) is the largest reptile in North America.

Alligators have inhabited Florida’s marshes, swamps, rivers and lakes for many centuries, and are found across the state of Florida, including within Fisheating Creek. While these ancient creatures are fascinating, it’s best to keep your distance and follow the basic guidelines below when in an area known to contain alligators.

Quick facts

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers these tips for residents:

Be aware of the possibility of alligators when you are in or near fresh or brackish water. Bites may occur when people do not pay close enough attention to their surroundings when working or recreating near water.
Do not swim outside of posted swimming areas or in waters that might be inhabited by large alligators.

Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn. Therefore, avoid swimming at night.
Dogs and cats are similar in size to the natural prey of alligators. Don’t allow pets to swim, exercise or drink in or near waters that may contain alligators. Dogs often attract an alligator’s interest, so do not swim with your dog.
Leave alligators alone. State law prohibits killing, harassing or possessing alligators. Handling even small alligators can result in injury.
Never feed alligators – it’s dangerous and illegal. When fed, alligators can overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food. When this happens, some of these alligators have to be removed and killed.
Dispose of fish scraps in garbage cans at boat ramps and fish camps. Do not throw them into the water. Although you are not intentionally feeding alligators when you do this, the result can be the same.
Seek immediate medical attention if you are bitten by an alligator. Alligator bites can result in serious infections.
Observe and photograph alligators only from a distance. Remember, they’re an important part of Florida’s natural history as well as an integral component of aquatic ecosystems.

For more information on living with alligators, click here.

You can also print this brochure from FWC to keep these tips handy in your home.

More Fun Facts About Alligators Here

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