Alligators are large reptiles known for their powerful jaws and sharp teeth. They can grow up to 14 feet in length and weigh up to 1,000 pounds. Alligators are aquatic and are found in freshwater habitats. They are carnivorous, feeding on fish, birds, and mammals. With only a handful of fatal attacks reported each year, alligator attacks on humans are rare.
Florida man left with "significant injuries" after alligator attack
"Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida," the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has previously said.
Shock as Oregon woman finds alligator in her driveway
Officers said they used lessons learned from watching the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin on TV to capture the creature.
Man wrestles 12-foot alligator to free dog from its mouth
The man leapt onto the huge reptile's back until it released the pet dog from its jaws.
Alligator seen by Publix "on his way to pick up a PubSub," Florida cops say
The alligator, which had been on the sidewalk, was pictured in a parking lot before officers relocated it to a swampy area.
Alligator shocks beachgoers after swimming ashore in Alabama
The reptile was spotted in the waters off Dauphin Island in the Gulf of Mexico.
"Scary" alligator surprises workmen investigating roadway potholes
"They saw the long tail of the alligator and followed it through the pipes," city officials said.
Women on floaties get too close to "hissing" alligator in Florida river
The women were stunned to find an alligator during their relaxing trip down a Florida river.
Mississippi alligator hunt begins: "we've got too many"
The huge reptiles have been causing problems for residents in the Pelahatchie Bay area.
"Dangerous" 10-foot alligator caught swimming in Florida backyard pool
"When an alligator is in water of any sort, that is his element which automatically gives him the upper hand," pest controller Todd Hardwick told Newsweek.
Alligator pictured with metal rod through eyes euthanized
Wildlife lovers were trying to find help for the injured alligator spotted in Florida.
Alligator sought after being pictured with metal rod through its eyes
Wildlife lovers are hoping to get help for the reptile, who is still alive despite its injury.
Woman surrenders 8-foot-long alligator living in Philadelphia basement
The 127-pound alligator had been living as a pet at the house for 11 years.
"Dangerous" 6ft alligator caught outside North Carolina clothing store
"I was there a couple of days ago window shopping...like the alligator," said one resident.
Watch moment wild bobcat stalks Florida alligator—"Nobody would believe me"
"I kept saying to myself, 'I can't believe I get to see this,'" Cathy Terry said.
Toddler found dead in alligator's jaws thrown in lake by father—affidavit
The St. Petersburg Police Department said officers searching for toddler Taylen Mosley were alerted to an alligator seen with something in its mouth.
Missing boy Taylen Mosley found dead in alligator's mouth, father arrested
The 2-year-old's mother, Pashun Jeffery, 20, was found stabbed to death at their apartment in St. Petersburg, Florida, but there was no sign of her little boy.
Video shows Florida police capturing alligator loose on street
The nine-foot male alligator had been roaming on a street in Tampa. As the weather warms up, more alligators are starting to emerge.
Dead 6ft alligator found lying in road with gunshot wound to the head
"It was lying in a spot just over the crest of a hill and would have been impossible to see if it happened to be in the road at the wrong time," biologist Greg Nelms told Newsweek.
Scientists look in tortoise burrow, find 4.5-ft alligator "smiling" at them
Hundreds of species use tortoise burrows for shelter in the United States, but seeing an alligator do the same is quite rare.
See shocking moment 8ft cannibal alligator eats smaller gator: "Tenderized"
"I just stood as still as I could. He always kept his eyes on me," photographer Barbara D'Angelo told Newsweek.
Giant 10ft alligator seen casually strolling across suburban street
Footage posted of the alligator shows it walking across a road as shocked residents stand by.
"Aggressive" 400lb alligator getting too close to children playing captured
"It tended to approach the shoreline when it heard the sound of neighborhood children and pets," a spokesperson for the St. Petersburg police, told Newsweek.
Watch as 7-foot alligator on run from cops death-rolls in Florida backyard
"Anytime you have a gator on land, he's out of his element," trapper Todd Hardwick said. "That makes the capture much more dangerous."
'Knock knock! Who's there?' Texas woman finds 8ft alligator on door step
"When I first saw her, I thought my kids were pulling a prank until she moved and breathed," Alexis Harmon told Newsweek
Huge alligator surprises woman by appearing in swimming pool
The alligator was measured by officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to be 11 feet and 5 inches long.
Incredible images show moment baby alligator is snatched by hungry heron
"It feels sad but, in the end, it's nature's rule," photographer Loukik Thakre told Newsweek. "Sometimes nature is not fair to everyone."
Florida alligator bites K9 dog down "to the bone" in shocking attack
German shepherd Dutch was bitten while on a search mission in Florida's canals. The bite narrowly missed his lungs.
Texas woman raised 7ft alligator as pet after stealing egg, officials say
The reptile had been living illegally in the woman's own backyard for over two decades, according to wildlife officials.
"Take mating season seriously" says Florida man who was bitten by alligator
Since being attacked by an alligator in May 2021, Jeffrey Heim has learned how to dive safely with Florida's wildlife.
"Relaxed" 6.5ft alligator seen strolling across Florida school sports field
The gator "casually strolled across the field, occasionally stopping to just lay down and chill a bit," coach Eric Klaus told Newsweek.