WATCH: Tips to Deal With Alligator-Human Interactions On the Space Coast

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Nuisance Alligator Hotline: 866-FWC-GATOR

ABOVE VIDEO: Living With Alligators – Alligators have inhabited Florida’s marshes, swamps, rivers and lakes for many centuries, and are found in all 67 counties – including all areas of the Space Coast.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Alligators have inhabited Florida’s marshes, swamps, rivers and lakes for many centuries, and are found in all 67 counties – including all areas of the Space Coast.

In recent years, Florida has experienced tremendous human population growth. Many residents seek waterfront homes, and increasingly participate in water-related activities. This can result in more frequent alligator-human interactions and a greater potential for conflict.

Although many Floridians have learned to coexist with alligators, the potential for conflict always exists.

The following links provide valuable safety tips for coexisting with alligators:

Crocodiles Found in Brackish and Saltwater Habitats

American crocodiles primarily are found in brackish and saltwater habitats such as ponds, coves and creeks of mangrove swamps.

Recently crocodiles have moved northward within their range and even inland into freshwater areas of southeast Florida. The American crocodile is an endangered species success story.

Since 1975 their numbers have increased from less than 300 to more than 1,500 adults.

Today, they are classified as a threatened species. The number of crocodile complaints has risen as a result of their recovery and the increasing number of people living and recreating in south Florida.

Visit the links below to learn more about living with crocodiles:

People who believe a specific alligator poses a threat to people, pets or property should call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).

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