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Old 03-28-2015, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant
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Just saw our first alligator while walking the dog on a trail between two ponds behind our apartment. Part of the apartment complex, so not out in the woods.

The ponds are small, so the alligator was pretty close to us.

Do they ever come out of the water onto land? How fast can they run?

With the dog just want to be prepared, as I am not sure if she would try and go after it if it came out of the water.
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Old 03-28-2015, 12:55 PM
 
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Hi! From what I heard and seen, very fast. Where do you live so I can stay away. You want to keep your pets away from those areas.
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Old 03-28-2015, 12:57 PM
 
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Be very careful around Alligators. They do come out of the water and can run fast for a short distance. They do eat dogs, so keep your dog away from them. A dog does not stand a chance against an alligator.
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Old 03-28-2015, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant
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We live on Daniel Island.
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Old 03-28-2015, 02:18 PM
 
Location: SOB-Charleston.SC
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I wouldn't sweat it .... they do come onto land .. pond side to sun themselves... and while they can be fast .. esp the younger ones ... they are most likely to run away from you .. usually back into the pond...if your dog tends to attack other animals .. keep it on their leash ...and youll have no problems..Crocs are aggressive ... gators are not... we don't have crocs here.
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Old 03-28-2015, 02:49 PM
 
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The truth is, although alligators are frighteningly quick, they're not cheetah fast and they don't like to run long distances. It's very rare for an alligator to chase a human on dry land. And the average human could easily outrun an alligator, zigzagging or not -- it tops out at a speed of around 11 miles per hour (18 kph), and it can't maintain that speed for very long [source: San Diego Zoo].0
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Old 03-28-2015, 04:05 PM
 
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I would just add to be aware that it's breeding and nesting season soon, so mama alligators are going to be protecting any nests they build, usually at water's edge.
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:58 PM
 
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I've never seen an alligator nest around any of the neighborhood ponds. Don't sweat it.
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Old 03-29-2015, 04:22 AM
 
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I've never seen an alligator nest around any of the neighborhood ponds. Don't sweat it.
I have. Just sayin'.
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Old 03-29-2015, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant
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We'll just be aware, so thanks for the heads up.

Our dog is a Coonhound, so strong hunting instinct. Think when I walk her alone I'll walk the trail away from the ponds - LOL.

Our vet told us there was an incident last year here where a lab got killed by an alligator. Don't know the circumstances, except was with a little girl at the edge of one of the ponds here. Was likely off leash.
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