May 25, 2022
Alligators are common on Kiawah, basking on pond edges or lazily swimming in the numerous ponds. The warmer weather of spring triggers breeding activity in alligators. Read the timeline below on what you can expect.
Alligator’s mating season begins in May and continues through June. Alligators are more active and mobile and, therefore, more visible around the island. Male alligators participate in mating rituals that announce their presence with a low bellowing sound to attract their mates, slap the water with their jaws, and lift their tails high, causing vibrations through the water.
TOKI Alligator Safety Rules are as follows:
- STAY AT LEAST 60 FEET (4 CAR LENGTHS) AWAY FROM ALLIGATORS.
- DO NOT FEED ALLIGATORS.
- DO NOT CRAB OR FISH NEAR ALLIGATORS.
- DO NOT THROW USED BAIT OR FISH PARTS BACK INTO THE WATER AFTER FISHING OR CRABBING.
- DO NOT THROW OBJECTS AT ALLIGATORS OR HARASS THEM IN ANY WAY.
- KEEP CHILDREN AND PETS AWAY FROM THE EDGES OF LAKES AND PONDS.
- KEEP OUT OF SECLUDED POND AREAS WHERE ALLIGATORS MAY NEST. FEMALES ARE VERY PROTECTIVE OF THEIR NEST AND YOUNG.
If you encounter an aggressive alligator on Kiawah, please report it to Town Hall by phone (843-768-9166) during regular business hours (8-4). At all other times, please call KICA Security (843-768-5566).