Alligators can be found all throughout Florida. Flagler County is no exception. While most Floridians have learned to co-exist with these ancient creatures, there are a few key pieces of information to keep in mind.
Where there is fresh water, there can and most likely, will be, alligators. This goes for canals, natural ponds, water-retention ponds, the intercoastal (brackish water) and at times, even in your swimming pool!
If you encounter a large, threatening alligator, contact the Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). If you stumble upon a small alligator in your pool or yard, it’s best to leave it alone until they move on to a non-residential area.
Alligators are typically most active and aggressive from April to June. This is their mating season.Have you ever wondered how long can an alligator stay underwater? Easily 20 to 30 minutes and they can stay under from 1 hour to 24 hours if necessary and conditions are right. They prepare slowly to stay underwater for those long period by slowing their heart beat, temperature, etc.
DO NOT, under any circumstances, FEED alligators. Not only is it ILLEGAL, feeding alligators causes them to associate humans with food. Admire them from a distance and leave them alone.
ALWAYS keep an eye on your pets and small children. Especially near bodies of water such as canals and ponds.