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How to Escape An Alligator

Margaux Deveze, Reporter

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Alligators are incredible animals with incredible abilities but the alligators you see at the zoo are not the one you can see in the wild which can be in real life dangerous.

Here is a little about them:

The first alligators appeared about 37 million years ago. There are currently 2 species of alligators the American Alligator and the Chinese Alligator. You could think that alligators are crocodiles because they kind of look the same but small things can be determined and help you to identify you an individual. Alligators have a mouth in the shape of a U and crocodile have their’s in the shape of a V. Alligators also have a wider muzzle than crocodiles. About 5 million alligators live the Southeastern United States and 1.5 live in Florida. The United States is the only place where alligators and crocodiles both live in.

Did you know that:

  • Alligators crave for salt and it is why they attack humans sometimes.
  • If an alligator were to attack you he would probably let go after bitting you because they do not like human meat.
  • Since 1955 only 9 people have died of alligator bites.

Alligators attack can be avoided by simply doing these things:

  • Before going anywhere that could potentially have alligators inform you of where they exactly are
  • Take warning signs about alligators seriously
  • Don’t go anywhere near an alligator swamp at night (this is when they are the most active)
  • Stay away from nests
  • If you are in an area with alligators stay aware of your surrounding at all time
  • Do not feed alligators
  • Keep your smaller brother/sister away from the water alligators are quite fond of small preys and small children are unfortunately the first victims
  • If camping near a swamp be sure to be at least 6 feet in height and 164 feet long away from the water
  • If you accidentally encounter an alligator turn around slowly and walk away
  • If an alligator attacks you run as fast as you can away from the habitat
  • Stay calm no matter what

If an alligator were to bite you:

If he bites you and let go he was just defending himself but if he was to keep his hold he wants to drag you under water. If the alligator does not let go of you try to defend yourself until he does to do that you can try to aim for two things: his eyes the alligator is very sensible about his eyes if you poke him several times he will let go. Another thing you can aim for is his palatal valve which is a piece of tissue in his mouth behind his tongue that prevents water from flowing into his throat and drowning him. Repeat these actions several times. Remember if you are bitten by an alligator seek medical attention right away.

 

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