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How to Find an Alligator in the Water

How to Find an Alligator in the Water

One of the planet’s last living links to the prehistoric era, the American alligator is a powerful and captivating animal that many want to see. However, as much as individuals want to witness them up close and in person, their elusive nature makes it both difficult and dangerous to do so. As such, it’s important that you know how to find an alligator in the water if you suspect one is near and how to keep yourself safe.

Scour the Shore

Surprisingly, one of the best ways to tell if an alligator is in the water is by starting your search along the water’s edge. Since alligators spend most of their time sunbathing on the shores, there are often telltale signs of their presence. Some of these markings might include large indentations or gouges in the ground and sliding marks where they reentered the water.

Check Shallow, Weedy Areas

When you’re out on the water, it’s important to note that alligators like to lurk among the shallow, weedy patches of a swamp. This is because it obscures them from view and puts them in a position of power to protect their territory. For your safety, we encourage you to stay away from these areas while on the water and keep an eye out for any sudden ripples near the surface.

Listen for Hissing

Even if you don’t immediately see the alligator, there’s a good chance that the alligator sees you. Fortunately, they’ll rarely attack without warning you first. This crucial warning sign is often a loud hissing noise that tells you that you’re in its territory. If you hear this sound, you should slowly retreat to safer waters to avoid a confrontation.

When approached in a safe manner, observing alligators in their natural habitat can be a fun and rewarding experience. That’s why at Wild Louisiana Tours our mission is to provide you with a quality New Orleans kayak swamp tour experience that encompasses physical activity and natural wonders. Our tours not only provide you with an enriching experience, but also the knowledge you need to keep yourself safe around any swampy shore.