Coastal’s new security team member is floating around making sure our lot is safe!
Coastal Chevrolet Cadillac Nissan has a new security team member in the form of an alligator!
Did you know that a baby male alligator is called a bull and a female is called a cow? Yea, we didn’t either but apparently, we have a little bull or cow that wanted to join the Coastal Chevrolet Cadillac and Nissan team. Although at one point in time the American Alligator was once listed as a Federally Endangered species, they have started to thrive again with records showing this growth since 2008 in South Carolina. So with the numbers continually on the rise, do you know what to do if you spot an alligator? Here are some safety tips…
American Alligator Safety Tips
Never approach a gator; they are typically very hostile creatures when trying to protect their territory or young.
Do not feed alligators; if they associate food with humans they will become aggressive. Feeding alligators is usually against many state laws.
Know an alligator’s natural habitat and be alert when you are in it.
Never throw objects at the alligator.
If you encounter an alligator, look as big as you can, make loud noises, and quickly leave the area.
If an alligator is chasing you, run away in a straight line.
Do not allow children or pets to play or swim in freshwater areas in gator country.
Use binoculars to observe gators from a distance.
If you spot a gator out of its natural habitat and in a human environment, call the state conservation department. They will capture it and return it to its territory. (843) 546-6062 is the number to call for Georgetown and Horry counties.
Now that you know the safety facts, how about a little gator trivia. After reading that last fact, we may have some friends we might be calling “gator” from now on. Here are some fun facts about our new little visitor:
Did you know?
– A group of alligators is called a congregation.
– A gator’s jaw can put forth up to 2,000 pounds per square inch.
– The hatchlings will break open the egg shell in late August or early September.
– An alligator’s front feet have 5 toes, while its back feet have 4 webbed toes.
– An alligator can run about 11 miles per hour on land.
– American Alligators are found in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.
– Gators have skin sensors that enable them to feel vibrations in the water.
– An easy way to tell an alligator apart from a crocodile is to look at their snouts. Alligators have a long, rounded snout; crocodiles have a long, pointed snout.
– An alligator can stay underwater for up to an hour.
– Gators have extremely muscular bodies that help them swim and crawl on land.
– Alligators are semi-aquatic, meaning they are adapted for living in the water, but also spend some of their time on land.
– The majority of the alligators are found in the states of Florida and Louisiana.
– The alligator was on the brink of extinction in the 1960’s. Laws were then put into effect to protect this species, and they made an incredible come-back. They are now thriving with more than over 5 million in the wild.
– Scientists say that the American alligator has been around for more than 150 million years.
– Alligators are the closest species we have to dinosaurs.
– An alligator’s brain is tiny, only about the size of a quarter.
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