Those new to FL or visiting ought to know to treat these reptiles with a great deal of caution.
To a gator, a human looks like food.
For God's sake, if you see alligators swimming around, get the hell out of the water.
[TAVARES, Fla. — A 12-year-old boy swimming in the Dead River was dragged under and killed by an alligator minutes after two friends spotted the reptile in the water and screamed at the boy to get out.
The alligator -- estimated at 8 to 11 feet -- surfaced at least once with the boy, Bryan Jeffrey Griffin, in its jaws, but quickly disappeared Wednesday under the dark water, witnesses said...
"Every time we saw them, we would get out of the water," but Bryan stayed in, Justin told the Orlando Sentinel. "We screamed at him to get out, but he wouldn't."http://articles.latimes.com/2003/jun/20/nation/na-gator20
[MOORE HAVEN, Fla. —
An alligator at least 10 feet long lunged at a teenager swimming in a river and bit off the teen's right arm below the elbow, state wildlife officials said Tuesday.
Kaleb Langdale, 17, survived the encounter Monday in the Caloosahatchee River west of Lake Okeechobee. Wildlife officers who caught and killed the alligator retrieved the arm, but doctors were unable to reattach it.]http://www.wftv.com/news/ap/florida/alligator-bites-off-swimming-teens-arm-in-fla/nPqHf/