Safety Tips for People and Pets
Warm weather means Florida’s state reptile - the American alligator - is more active and visible. It’s also when people are enjoying the outdoors with their pets. To help keep people and pets safer when spending time near the water, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers the following advice to reduce the risk of a conflict with an alligator.
Tools and Resources
The FWC works to keep Floridians and visitors informed, including providing the following safety information tools.
- Living with alligators brochure
- Living with alligators safety tips infographic
- Safety tips for people and pets infographic
- Information for kids
- About alligators
- Consejos de seguridad para personas y mascotas
- Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program
- Aprenda sobre la seguridad de las personas y las mascotas
Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program
Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida. The FWC places the highest priority on public safety and administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program to proactively address alligator threats in developed areas, while conserving alligators in areas where they naturally occur.