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I hope you never need to know this, but just in case. :) [Jan. 8th, 2006|12:24 pm]
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How to Wrestle Free from an Alligator


1. If you are on land, try to get on the alligator’s back and put downward pressure on its neck. This will force its head and jaws down.

2. Cover the alligator’s eyes. This will usually make it more sedate.

3. If you are attacked, go for the eyes and nose. Use any weapon you have, or your fist.

4. If its jaws are closed on something you want to remove (for example, a limb), tap or punch it on the snout. Alligators often open their mouths when tapped lightly. They may drop whatever it is they have taken hold of, and back off.

5. If the alligator gets you in its jaws, you must prevent it from shaking you or rolling over—these instinctual actions cause severe tissue damage. Try to keep the mouth clamped shut so the alligator does not begin shaking.

6. Seek medical attention immediately, even for a small cut or bruise, to treat infection. Alligators have a huge number of pathogens in their mouths.

How to Avoid an Attack

While deaths in the United States from alligator attacks are rare, there are thousands of attacks and hundreds of fatalities from Nile crocodiles in Africa and Indopacific crocodiles in Asia and Australia. A few tips to keep in mind:

1. Do not swim or wade in areas alligators are known to inhabit (in Florida, this can be anywhere).

2. Do not swim or wade alone, and always check out the area before venturing in.

3. Never feed alligators.

4. Do not dangle arms and legs from boats, and avoid throwing unused bait or fish from a boat or dock.

5. Do not harass, try to touch, or capture any alligator.

6. Leave babies and eggs alone. Any adult alligator will respond to a distress call from any youngster. Mother alligators guarding nests and babies will defend them.

7. In most cases the attacking alligators had been fed by humans prior to the attack. This is an important link—feeding alligators seems to cause them to lose their fear and make them more aggressive.
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[User Picture]From: goin_nowhere25
2006-01-08 10:26 am (UTC)
Alligators suck!!!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-01-08 10:41 am (UTC)
Really? I thought they bite? ;)
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[User Picture]From: rouninisapphire
2006-01-08 10:38 am (UTC)
your icon makes me laugh.
hard.
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[User Picture]From: lamegatorade304
2006-01-08 10:29 am (UTC)
pow pow pow!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-01-08 10:41 am (UTC)
You get 'im!
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[User Picture]From: reenie72
2006-01-08 10:43 am (UTC)
And that's why they call her Random. :D Thanks for that. It may very well save my life one day.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-01-08 10:58 am (UTC)
You're welcome! :) If I save even one of my randomposting friends from an alligators jaws, I will have done my part. ;)
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[User Picture]From: witchylatina
2006-01-08 10:51 am (UTC)
I usually try to stay out of states that have "Bushes" in'em:

Florida
Texas
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-01-08 10:59 am (UTC)
Good call. *nod*
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[User Picture]From: niassa_c
2006-01-08 11:32 am (UTC)
The second 4 is a big peeve of mine. I always get nervous when people do that.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-01-08 11:37 am (UTC)
Definitely!!
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[User Picture]From: nottaninja
2006-01-08 12:08 pm (UTC)
good to know. just in case i turn into an aligator hunter or something :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-01-08 01:00 pm (UTC)
Right? :)
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From: charissio
2006-01-08 12:31 pm (UTC)
you never know when you might need to wretstle and alligator, does that work for crocodiles too?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-01-08 01:07 pm (UTC)
I think so, but don't quote me.. ;)
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[User Picture]From: duckfast
2006-01-08 01:01 pm (UTC)
If its jaws are closed on something you want to remove (for example, a limb)

that made me laugh.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-01-08 01:08 pm (UTC)
hehe. ;)
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[User Picture]From: galskap
2006-01-08 01:41 pm (UTC)
Gee, sw33t. I recently learned how to fight of great whites, and now gators, w00t, I'll nevar die!!111!11
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-01-08 02:28 pm (UTC)
Not by an attack of a water creature, anyway. ;)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-01-08 03:17 pm (UTC)
Totally.
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[User Picture]From: breakingbeauty7
2006-01-08 04:30 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-01-10 07:49 pm (UTC)
*ROFL*

LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Omg. I love you.
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From: ex_peacock902
2006-01-08 05:57 pm (UTC)
yikes alligators!! that weird guy who harrasses them on tv is gonna get bitten one of these days...
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[User Picture]From: pith_stop
2006-01-08 07:20 pm (UTC)
You mean Stever Erwin, The Crocodile Hunter? Strangely, my dad know his wife, she's from my home town. He has apparantly been bitten many, many times.
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[User Picture]From: xenaamazon
2006-01-09 08:24 am (UTC)

Crikey mate!

I can NEVER do that. lol.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-01-10 08:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Crikey mate!

lol, I'd prefer not too myself.
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[User Picture]From: hopefully_lo5t
2006-01-09 11:44 am (UTC)
I hope I never need to know this either, but if I visit Australia I'll remember it!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-01-10 08:12 pm (UTC)
Woohoo!

Or the bayou?
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