How Long and Heavy Are They?
North Carolina is at the northern limit of American alligator's range, with a smaller population and size compared to those in warmer states, and estimated to have only about 1,000 alligators.
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge?
The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina, covering 152,000 acres, is home to alligators, black bears, river otters, wintering waterfowl, and endangered red wolves.
The Size of North Carolina's Biggest Alligator
The largest alligator ever found in North Carolina was a 635-pound alligator hit by a car in 2014, while another massive alligator weighing 500 pounds was put down in 2013 after it ate a woman's 80-pound husky.
Can You Hunt Alligators in North Carolina?
Limited hunting of alligators is allowed in North Carolina, with 20 permits issued in 2018 for three targeted areas in Hyde County.
Are Alligators Dangerous?
Alligator attacks on humans are rare, but in a June 2022 incident in Myrtle Beach, a 75-year-old man was killed by an alligator while standing next to a retention pond.
How Long Do Alligators Live?
Alligators grow in size but do not show biological signs of aging, and can live up to 30-50 years in the wild, and over 70 years in captivity, but can be killed by hunting, habitat loss, contamination, and other alligators.