We all love South Carolina — the sun, the sand, and of course… gators! However, as much as we want to enjoy them from afar, it’s important for visitors of Hilton Head to be aware of the risks posed by alligators in our neck of the woods. Read on to find safety tips provided by your friends at Beachside Hilton Head Island.

Understanding the Behaviors of Gators

Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn. This means they are likely to move during the night, so it’s important to stay vigilant and watch your step if you’re walking around during these hours.

Gators may also be more active after heavy rains when they search for higher ground and can come across paths, yards, or even homes. Gators are most likely to be found near water sources such as ponds, lakes, rivers, and creeks.

During the night, if you ever are near these bodies of water, watch out for their eyes. Gator eyes will glow in the dark, so you might spot them from a distance. You can see them by using a flashlight if walking around in the dark.

Safety Tips

In some cases where gators feel threatened, they display aggressive behavior. Gators can become aggressive when provoked so it’s important to remember these safety tips:

Alligators Mating Season Facts

The Bottom Line

Hilton Head has a lot to offer when it comes to activities, nightlife, and fun, but there’s one more thing you have to watch out for while visiting — alligators! As long as you stay vigilant, keep your distance, and follow safety precautions, then you’ll be sure to enjoy your time here in Hilton Head without any unwanted run-ins with gators.