Alligators in South Carolina

Alligator

The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is the only crocodilian native to South Carolina. Though once listed as a federally endangered species, populations have rebounded and the alligator's status has been upgraded to threatened due to its similarity of appearance to the threatened American crocodile. Populations of alligators in South Carolina have done so well, that the DNR instituted a hunting season in 2008. There are only two species of alligator, the American alligator occurring in the southern United States, and the smaller Chinese alligator from eastern China. American alligators can live to be more than 60 years old and attain lengths greater than 13 feet.

University of Georgia, SREL

Hunting information for alligators

Additional resources for alligators

State Wildlife Action Plan


Andrew Grosse - SCDNR Herpetologist

Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
220 Santee Gun Club Rd.
McClellanville, SC 29458
Ph: (843) 546-6062
Fax: (843) 527-0255

E-mail: grossea@dnr.sc.gov