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Alligator Control and Removal

Identifying Alligators

Living in freshwater areas like ponds, marshes, rivers and swamps, alligators can become a danger to humans when their environment is infringed upon and they have to go outside of their regular comfort zone to find food. Despite the fact that they are very heavy and have slow metabolisms, they are known for their short bursts of speed exceeding 30 miles per hour.

Existing populations of alligators can be found in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, and Florida. Although they prefer fresh water, alligators will venture into stagnant water bodies and sometimes salt water as well. American alligators are a rarity, and in the U.S. are only found in the coastal areas of Florida.

Diet and Feeding Tendencies

Exclusively meat eaters, alligators will prey on whatever animals are in an immediate vicinity. Young alligators will eat snails, small fish, small mammals and birds. Adult alligators are known to eat larger animals, and are not above preying on other alligators. In all cases, alligator diets largely depend on what is available within the range they exist, and they frequently prey on pets and other domesticated animals like dogs and cats. In more rural areas, along with small farm animals, alligators are reported to have eaten full grown cattle and horses.

Alligator Damage and Control Options

Primarily damage by alligators is limited to injuries or death to domestic animals and to people. Economically loss of livestock and other farm animals can be devastating. No matter the severity, all alligator bites must be treated, and serious attacks will require hospitalization. It is possible that infections can occur resulting from bacteria from alligator saliva.

Aside from the financial difficulties arising from the loss of animals, damage can also result in losses due to negligence lawsuits and damaged levees from alligator burrows or dens that require repair or replacement.

When alligators become a pest control problem, it is absolutely imperative to find professionals in your area with a well established set of techniques for removal in order to get rid of them. For the safely of all that may come in contact with alligators, click the link for assistance in finding a company that will manage your alligator control problem in a timely and humane manner.

Animal Control - Interesting Facts

Ants can lift up to 20 times their body weight.