One of the most exciting experiences you’ll have while on a tour with Peace River Charters is our alligator encounter! April marks the beginning of alligator mating season here in Florida, and during this time, gators become more active. They are on the move, searching for their perfect mate. Knowing the ins and outs of being around alligators during this time is essential whether you’re a local or just visiting. 

Courting, Eggs, and Incubation

This courtship process for Florida’s more than 1 million alligators begins in April, with actual mating beginning in May and June. Female gators will build nests from soil, vegetation, and debris during this time, then deposit 32 to 46 eggs. After 63 to 68 days of incubation, the eggs will hatch from mid-August through early September. The increased alligator activity in these months can lead to more frequent run-ins with humans. 

How to Stay Safe During These Months 

  • Swim during daylight hours and within posted swimming areas only.
  • Closely supervise children playing in or near water.
  • Use extra caution in the morning and evening hours in shallow water.
  • Pets should not be allowed to swim or play in or near water containing alligators. 
  • Avoid splashing near the water’s edge as alligators can easily mistake you for prey.

Alligators are territorial and often are on the move when the water is low. They prefer freshwater lakes, slow-moving rivers, and brackish water habitats. 

If you spot a gator, remember, feeding alligators is illegal and dangerous. State law prohibits killing, harassing, or possessing alligators. They should be left alone. Never remove a gator from its natural habitat.

Book your next tour with the confidence you’ll have only positive and safe experiences with our gators! 

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