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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 Video

To report nuisance alligators call: 866-FWC-Gator (866-392-4286)

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.