Alligators in South Carolina


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

For alligator and other wildlife-related emergencies, call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-922-5431.


Morgan Hart, Alligator Project Leader
Office: (843) 546-0113