What to Know About Alligator Attacks in the Sunshine State
Despite having over a million alligators in the State of Florida, attacks from the animals are relatively rare. However, given their prevalence, it is strongly recommended that if you live in Florida or are visiting the state, you should know what to do.
If you are involved in an alligator attack, you should seek medical attention immediately. Even minor injuries can result in serious infections if left untreated.
What to Do If You Were Bit by an Alligator
If you are grabbed by an alligator you may only have a few moments to save yourself from potentially serious injury or death. According to CNN, if a gator tries to take you underwater you should poke it in the eye or hit it at the weak points in its skull or jaw. Their experts also recommend making a lot of noise. Furthermore, you can attempt to jam something down the alligator’s throat.
In the event that you are bitten by an alligator, you need to act quickly. Alligator teeth are jagged and designed to tear flesh. They can cause deep lacerations that rip through the skin, muscles, and tendons. Failing to treat these injuries can result in life-threatening complications or long-term health problems.
What Injuries Are Common in Alligator Attacks?
Because alligators have incredibly powerful jaws, injuries from an attack can be severe. In some cases, they may prove fatal.
Common injuries related to an alligator attack:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Severed limbs
- Drowning-related injuries
- Skull fractures
- Internal bleeding
- Damage to internal organs
The best way to avoid an alligator attack is to take precautions when visiting areas with reported animal sightings or known natural habitats of the animals. Experts also recommend that you never feed gators and do not provoke them. Being aware of your surroundings and keeping your distance can help prevent dangerous and potentially deadly attacks.
Where Do Alligator Attacks Happen Most Frequently?
Alligator attacks can happen anywhere in Florida. The animals are located in lakes and rivers throughout the state. Lake Jesup reportedly is the most infested body of water with an estimated 13,000 gators.
Alligators are also housed at attractions like Gatorland and other areas near theme parks, golf courses, and resorts. If you are attacked by an alligator on another person’s property, you should discuss your case with an attorney to determine if you have a valid claim for damages.
How Many Alligator Attacks Are There Per Year?
Again, alligator attacks are relatively rare. Unprovoked alligator attacks are even less common. A fact sheet released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stated that from 1948 to 2021, there were 442 reported alligator bites, 26 of which proved fatal.
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