If you reside in Florida, Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana or Mississippi then this article is for you. From time to time people and pets residing in these areas run into alligators and most times it doesn’t end well.
A dog may be a pet, best friend and companion, but to large predators like crocodiles and alligators, your pooch is just another dessert on his menu. Although alligator attacks on humans are rare, the same cannot be said for dogs.
Crocs and gators love dogs in a gustatory sense. A 6ft gator can easily eat an adult great dane, pitbull, bull mastiff or German shepherd in less than 30 seconds. A smaller gator can easily have a poodle or terrier for lunch.
Adult alligators can feed on virtually anything from carrion to horse, turtles, cows, dogs, and even humans. Alligator has even been pictured attacking lawn mowers and weed eaters that wandered too close to the edge of the water.
Although humans have killed more alligators than I can count, the same cannot be said for dogs. Dogs are one of the biggest victims of alligator attacks in the U.S. Dogs are naturally inquisitive and fond of chasing things around. When they chase an alligator too close to the water, the alligator would snatch and drag them into the water.
Why crocodiles attack dogs?
The population of crocodiles and alligators in America is still on the rise. Most people especially tourists still venture into new “terrains for a fresh start” to rent or build new homes due to cheap prices on land and properties in these areas.
They construct homes in places where they can have daily encounters with these creatures. This is one of the main causes of gator attacks in the USA. Living close to crocs & gators is a bad idea. Sometimes these animals can be bold enough to wander into your house, looking for food in the garbage or a small bull terrier snack.
The reasons why crocodiles attack dog is still not clear. Some crocodiles are scared of dogs while others see dogs as food. For instance, in Burundi where there is a legendary man-eating crocodile called Gustav reign on top of the food chain. Gustav has been known to attack just humans especially children that went close to/into the Ruzizi River to fetch water and fisherman that went into the river to catch fishes.
Gustav doesn’t attack other animals or crocodiles just the people that really water. The villagers used dogs as an early warning system. Small dogs would be put on small buoyant materials and placed into the water with a rope attached to pull it back in.
So when the dog starts barking villagers would know that Gustav is around and get as far away from the water as possible. Gustav never attacked any of these dogs as usual just people that were off guard.
Then there is the case of Pippa the terrier in Australia. According to independent News UK, Pippa has been chasing Crocs for years until a particular day when Crocs got fed up and had him for lunch. This essentially means that a crocodile or an alligator behavior is still unpredictable it might decide to attack your dog or run away.
But don’t be deceived an alligator will always attack your dog if he wanders too close to the edge of the water. You see alligator kill their prey by drownings, so entering into the water or stepping too close to the edge of alligator-infested water will always cause an attack. Crocs see dogs the same way we see turkeys just before thanksgiving.
Another reason why an alligator will attack a dog is because of a probable famine. When there’s a shortage of food in that particular area, alligators and crocs will wonder deep into human settlements to find food in garbage dumps, farms, golf courses or train stations.
Crocs looking for a mate can travel long distances to find one. It can easily overwhelm any dog in sight especially when passing through human settlements.
How to prevent alligator attacks on dogs
The best way to protect your dog from an alligator attack is by simply being a smart pet owner. Do not walk your dog or any other pets too close to alligator or crocodile settlements.
Dogs have an excellent sense of smell and would almost always investigate a new smell. Taking your dog as far away any possible crocodile habitat is the best way to protect your dog from crocodile attacks.
- Sell or dispose of everything that will attract crocs, gators, raccoons, bears and other wildlife to your house. Items like grill or barbecue stoves should be discarded until all dangerous wildlife are relocated. You should also consider installing an electric fence.
- Always keep an eye on your dog especially on dog parks that are close to lakes.
- Make sure that you are outdoor trash cans at half tightly fitted leads that cover it properly, and always make sure that the lid is closed. This will help contain the smell. It won’t just prevent attacks from not just sewer crocodiles but also bears, raccoons, foxes, and other wildlife near you.
- Never take your dog to a river or lake for a drink. Crocodiles have super sensitive skin that senses movement in and out of the water. So, taking your dog for a drink in crocodile-infested water is inviting a crocodile for lunch.
- Stop feeding crocodiles. This is illegal in some parts of the united states. Plus, feeding crocs and gators gives them the courage to walk up to people for food. Alligators that are not afraid of humans are considered the most dangerous types of alligators. When they get too close you or your dog can become food. Crocodiles aren’t very smart, they don’t know the difference between being fed and being food. They will always see the person feeding them as food.
- If you stay in the place too close to a lake or river, you should install a fence around your property. You should also hang warning signs and protect the life of orders.
- Be extra careful when you go out at night and croc breeding seasons. Crocs and gators can travel up to 400km to find a mate or prey. Runaway as fast as you can if you ever see one. Nursing mothers are the most ferocious of these creatures, they will do anything to protect their young.
- If you see a crocodile nest, cautiously get as far away from that area as possible. Croc mums are never far from her nest. Crocodiles’ mating season spans from April to June. After mating the females, they build their nest and their eggs are laid on or before September. This means you should be careful if you live in areas where crocodiles have been sited during this period.
- Another efficient way to prevent an alligator attack is to keep the grasses in your lawn and backyard low. Always trim the grasses around your house and make sure they are kept very low. Crocodiles are good in the art of camouflage in both land and water. When grasses are low, you easily spot basking crocs and gators from a distance and quickly run to safety or call for help.
- Looking straight into the into crocodile-infested waters is also not safe even if you’re on a bridge or a boat. A crocodile can also launch itself vertically like rockets into the air with the help of powerful muscles in their tails. When you are looking straight down into the water and a crocodile launches itself up, it can drag you or anything above down into the water.
- Even if you see an alligator on land do not approach it. Don’t be deceived by their sluggish movement or fat physique, Crocodiles are Olympic athletes capable of going up to 15 miles per hour. If you ever see one on land don’t approach it for a selfie or video. Back away as slowly and quietly as possible.
- Finally and most importantly, contact your local wide life resource commissions near you. if you ever cite an alligator or crocodile, call them and report it. According to the North Carolina wildlife resource, any alligator or crocodile that poses a threat to the lives around that area or damaged/attacked any property, livestock or pet would be immediately removed.
What do you do when your dog is attacked by an alligator?
Truth be told, there is nothing you can do instead of putting yourself at risk or directly into harm’s way, get far away from that area. A crocodile Jaw is often referred to as a death trap, once it latches onto something it is Never Letting Go.
Crocodiles have 64 pointy teeth that are sharp and strong enough to break human bones like twigs. There is pretty much nothing you can do to stop a crocodile attack on your dog, it usually doesn’t last more than 20 seconds. The only thing you can do is call 991 or alert a local Ranger to help relocate the croc.
What to do when you are attacked by a crocodile?
You still have a greater chance of survival if you’re ever attacked by a crocodile. If you are in the water and you see a croc approaching you to try to get to out of the water as slowly and calmly.
If you’re unlucky and there is none around you, then you have to battle with the Croc, “Mano a Croco”. When a croc attack it will always attempt to drown its prey. This essentially means it will bite you and try to pull you down. When it does, muster all your strength and be ready to attack.
Use your hand, fingers, legs, thumb or any sharp objects around you to attack his face especially its eyes and snout. These are the most sensitive parts in all the Crocs armored body. If it attacks and you keep fighting it back, it will eventually decide that it’s better to let you go.
If an alligator ever approaches you on the land run as fast as possible. DO NOT run the zigzag hoping to maneuver it. You should run on a straight line as fast as you can. Crocs and gators can only manage a speed of 15mph for 40 seconds at most. If you are a good climber, climb any tree or pole.
Crocs and gators play very important roles in the ecosystem in their weird way, but it won’t be fun to see your dog eaten alive by a crocodile. It is important to prepare yourself, just in case you encounter any one of them. Share this article with a friend who needs it. Who knows which dog an alligator would attack next.
What You Should Know About Crocs & Gators In The USA.
Crocodiles and alligators are cold-blooded reptiles that have been roaming the earth for more than 200 million years. Their years of practice have allowed to perfect the art of hunting & made them some of the most elite predators on the Earth. They are amphibians but stay predominately in water.
Crocodiles have an acute sense of smell, sight, hearing and armored sensitive skin. This is an all-natural an evolutionary advantage that allows them to reign supreme as apex predators in the most food chain. They are ambush predator, they can hold their breath for up to 2 hours submerged underwater waiting for the right time to strike.
Crocs and Gators are semiaquatic and can live on freshwater, brackish water, and saltwater. They can easily migrate from rivers to oceans, lakes, dams and other water habitats in tropical or subtropical climate around the world.
Alligators don’t hibernate day bromate. This means that instead of sleeping through the winter they hide in dens, sewers or burrows in the earth where they can regulate their body temperature and slow down their feeding mechanism.
American alligators are a subspecies of crocodile that usually have large long bills entity pointing outside their mouth. They can grow up to a length of 15 feet but saltwater crocodiles their long-distance relative can grow up to 20 feet.