Alli­ga­tors nev­er cap­size boats to get their prey. Some peo­ple float­ing in canoes and kayaks cap­size in a fit of pan­ic at the sight of an alli­ga­tor’s back. Alli­ga­tor involve­ment in for­ag­ing in this case equals zero.

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Alli­ga­tors do not grab peo­ple from boats. If you saw how an alli­ga­tor from the shore qui­et­ly slips into the water and moves towards your boat, this, of course, con­tributes to the release of adren­a­line, and some­times not only it. In fact, the alli­ga­tor is not mov­ing towards your boat. The alli­ga­tor feels bet­ter in the water, and instinc­tive­ly swims up to the boat, (a mov­ing object), but as soon as it real­izes that the boat is of no inter­est (unless, of course, you fall out of it), it will leave this place.

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Why do Alli­ga­tors dis­like eat­ing peo­ple?

It is high­ly unlike­ly that alli­ga­tors will chase you on land for long, and it is also unlike­ly that they will attack you at all. Alli­ga­tors pre­fer easy-to-get food. They are patient hunters (they can chase their prey in the water for hours before attack­ing.)

interesting facts about alligators

When attack­ing prey, the alli­ga­tor does not real­ly want to “mess around” with it for a long time. Prey that resists, as a rule, is left. They don’t like to attack any­thing they can’t swal­low right away. Even the largest and strongest alli­ga­tors tend to choose prey that is swal­lowed in one go (good news for adults).

Most of the alli­ga­tor pop­u­la­tion make up small alli­ga­tors, the length of which less than 1.5 meters. Such alli­ga­tors feed on cray­fish, small snakes and tur­tles. For peo­ple, they do not pose a threat, because. in a calm envi­ron­ment, they will nev­er attack.

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Some peo­ple who are espe­cial­ly intel­li­gent and quick-wit­ted believe that a small alli­ga­tor (0.9 meters) is the best pet (it will play with a child and look after the house). But alas … try­ing to catch a small preda­tor is the most com­mon rea­son for the “attack” of alli­ga­tors on peo­ple.

Even small alli­ga­tors have over 80 razor-sharp teeth in their mouths. The bite of such a jaw is of course not life-threat­en­ing, but you will have to vis­it the hos­pi­tal after it.

Large alli­ga­tors are much rar­er, but they pose a rather large threat to humans, as they treat us like food. big alli­ga­tor reach­es a length of 2.4 to 3.4 meters and can weigh up to 453 kg. But still, these alli­ga­tors are afraid of peo­ple and pre­fer to avoid con­tact with us.

interesting facts about alligators

When a per­son sees an alli­ga­tor that snaps its jaws and growls, the first thing they think about is that the preda­tor is eager to attack. But still, this is an erro­neous opin­ion. First of all, it is a defen­sive reac­tion.

Are you still not con­vinced that alli­ga­tors don’t prey on peo­ple? Let’s turn to num­bers. Flori­da makes 12,000 rep­tile com­plaints a year. But there is anoth­er side of the coin. Oth­er num­bers. Since 1948, the Com­mis­sion for the Preser­va­tion of Fish and Wildlife has received reports of 356 alli­ga­tor attacks on humans. Twen­ty-five of those attacks were fatal, and in nine cas­es the vic­tims are believed to have died before the alli­ga­tors ate them for din­ner.

Draw your own con­clu­sions. Do not touch nature and then nature will not touch you.

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