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They can't run for long periods. They have brief sprints up to about 12mph so you can outrun one, especially if you keep going. That said, alligators don't attack humans. From this LA Times article: Alligator attacks are still extremely rare. In fact, the likelihood of a Florida resident being injured in an unprovoked alligator attack is roughly one in 2....


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Taking a literal definition of US and not restricting the answer to the continental US, there is a mangrove swap on Heeia in HI and the list of reptiles in HI does not include crocodiles or alligators. There are also 9 mangrove areas in Puerto Rico and the list of reptiles in PR does not include alligators or crocodiles (although I found some conflicting ...


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Mangroves no, because if you compare this map of the distribution of mangroves to this map of the distribution of alligators in the United States, Image Source there aren't any places with mangroves that don't also have alligators. On the other hand, there are places on this map of cypress swamps that extend farther north than the range of alligators. ...


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Just run. Alligators (and crocodiles) are cold blooded and as a result don't have a lot of stamina. Warm blooded animals can maintain high energy output for longer periods. If you want to aim for something other than 'away from the alligator', go for high ground. That will lessen your chance of ending up in the water where the gator has a better chance of ...


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I see that Charlie has already shown that there may be a few cypress swamps that don't have alligators if you go far enough north and inland. However, being in a canoe gives you considerable protection. Alligators aren't going to attack the canoe somehow. In the unlikely event that one will get curious and come too close for your comfort, you have paddles ...


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Treat them respectfully, but there's no reason to be afraid of them. Excerpt from http://www.kayakguide.com/Kayk-Alligators.htm I Feel Safer Paddling by Alligators than Driving Doing most of my paddling in Florida, I've encountered hundreds of alligators of all sizes on the water. And the bottom line is that I've had many more close calls driving than I've ...


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Alligators won't bother you. They will chill out on the floor of the water feature in question and patiently wait for you to pass by. I've skied on the Mississippi River before, as well as in other riverine regions in the South, and have as such spent considerable time bobbing in the water, waiting for the boat to circle back and pick me up. I've also spent ...


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Chubbs, the alligator in the question, is 15 feet long, according to the OP's link. OP's source and mine: Sports Illustrated. According to this source The state's [Florida's] biggest alligator on record is 14 feet long and 780 pounds. The article does not say if the previous record holder (PRH) had recently ate or pooped, which might make a non-...


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