Alligators in South Carolina


The American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) appeared over 80 million years ago and has remained mostly unchanged since that time. One of two species of alligator, it is the only crocodilian native to South Carolina.

Did you know? Alligators are more closely related to birds than modern-day reptiles!

To learn more about alligators & alligator management in South Carolina, see the tabs on the left.

For alligator and other wildlife emergencies, contact Operation Game Thief: 1-800-922-5431


There are a variety of reasons that you may encounter an alligator. Below you will find the most common reasons you may come across one.

  • Alligators basking beside water bodies
  • Participating in recreational activities in waterways with alligators
  • Alligators crossing the road
  • For more information on nuisance alligators & who to contact if you see one, see the ‘Nuisance Alligators’ tab.

For more information on alligators check out the handouts below: