Yes, the American Alligator (which can be found all around Hilton Head) is not the cuddliest of
creatures. Actually, they prefer not to be cuddled at all, so just do not do it. But they have been
around for 25 million years, so they must be doing something right.
You will find alligators in nearly every fresh or brackish water location on the island. If you are
looking to buy real estate on Hilton Head, you will likely be near a body of water where some
gators like to hang out. Island developers provided this largest of North American reptiles with
plenty of homes, adding waterways to many of the communities and golf courses.
But here is the deal…they do not want to eat you. Really. They find plenty of fish, bugs
crustaceans and snakes all on their own. Sure they can be aggressive, if you feed them or
tease them or generally just get in their face on a golf course. If you keep you distance, they
will too. If you’re caught feeding an alligator, you can be fined $200 or sentenced to 30 days in
jail. And quite frankly, they can be really amazing to watch for a while so leave the sandwiches
behind and just observe in wonderment.
Approximately 50 alligators a year are removed from Hilton Head Island waters due to
complaints. When a gator is”removed”, it is destroyed. They have a great built – in homing
device and tend to get back to whence they came pretty easily. So if you are complaining
about a gator simply because he does not look like Bambi, remember you are giving him a
25 million years, jeesh.