It’s True! Alligators Enjoy Soaking Up Sunshine – Just Like We Do!
Springtime brings in lots of sunshine and warm weather, which means you’ll likely see more alligators out and about throughout the Lowcountry and within your community. You’ll see them sunbathing on pond banks or possibly even crossing a road. It’s also officially alligator mating season.
As warm temperatures return, alligators are becoming more active, in search of mates as we enter their breeding season. Mating season typically lasts through the end of June.
They aren’t out and about just looking for love. Alligators enjoy soaking up the beautiful sunshine just as much as we do! Just be sure to be aware of your surroundings while outdoors, especially near ponds and protected wetlands within your community. Of course a free waterfront meal sounds wonderful, but not a luxury we want to provide alligators.
If they become accustomed to folks bringing them food, they can quickly learn to associate people with food, causing them to lose their natural fear of humans.
If you’re worried that an alligator out sunnin’ near the pond will chase you down, that’s not necessarily a worry you need to have. Alligators have a limited amount of food energy, so they’re not going waste that small energy source to chase down dinner. Gators are ambush predators -willing to bask in the sun while they patiently wait for their food to come to them. As the old saying goes… “Work smarter, not harder” is definitely their motto.
You’ll still want to avoid walking around the edge of open bodies of water or areas where they may be frequently seen at dusk. If you happen to find yourself a little too close, back away slowly and go back the way you came.
Keep in mind that that these beautiful creatures are indigenous to South Carolina and are just about everywhere – even when you don’t notice them. They are protected animals. Causing harm to them or killing them is a crime that can bring heavy fines and possible further legal action through SCDNR.