Beachwalk has two ponds within our development, and alligators have been spotted in both (and connecting canals). Occasionally, an alligator will swim up the Cape Fear River, then walk over into one of our ponds. Alligators as long as six feet have been seen lying on our ponds’ banks. Most of the time, they leave on their own accord, but sometimes, they have to be removed and relocated for our and their safety. Remember, it is illegal to feed or harass (or kill) an alligator in North Carolina.
About the American Alligator
Alligators and Crocodiles (Order Crocodylia) are the modern representatives of an ancient lineage of reptiles, dating back to the time of the dinosaurs. Amazingly, these animals have remained virtually unchanged over millions of years. Crocodilians are found throughout the warmer parts of the world, with 21 species present worldwide. Only two species, the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) are native to the United States. While the American Crocodile is restricted to brackish habitats in Southern Florida and the Caribbean, the American Alligator is restricted to fresh water and ranges throughout the Southeastern United States.