feed: Providing food makes alligators bolder and encourages them to seek out people.

Get close: Alligators are extremely strong and can move with a burst of speed on land over short distances. A safe distance is about 60 feet.

disturb nests or small alligators: Some female alligators protect their young and may become aggressive if provoked.

swim in areas that are known alligator habitats: Splashing can attract alligators that think a prey animal is injured or a female animal is protecting her young or eggs.

Harass, feed or entice alligators, or remove an alligator without a permit: It is illegal and carries fines up to $5,000. To report concerns or harassment, call the S.C. Natural Resources radio room at 1-800-922-5431.