The City of Seabrook has been receiving several reports of alligator sightings in and around the Pine Gully Channel and tells residents it is important to remember not to panic when you see an alligator. And unless you feel you are in immediate danger, then there is no need to report it to local authorities.
If you see an alligator, the city suggests:
- NEVER feed an alligator. Feeding an alligator is a Class C misdemeanor and punishable by a fine up to $500.
- Always keep your pets on a short leash and under your control. Alligators may see your pet as an easy food source. Alligators have a keen sense of smell.
- If you hear an alligator “hiss,” it is a warning sign that you are too close.
- If you have a close encounter with an alligator, back away slowly. Alligators have a natural fear of humans and typically will quickly retreat when approached.
- Never make the mistake of thinking that an alligator is slow and lethargic. Alligators are quick and agile and will defend themselves if cornered. They can run up to 35-miles per hour for short distances on land.
- If you see an alligator in the roadway, DO NOT attempt to move it. Notify the City of Seabrook by calling 281-291-5610.
- Do not swim in the water if you see an alligator.
- Alligators like to bask along the banks of ponds and streams in order to warm their bodies. Often times a basking alligator may be seen with its mouth open; this is a way to cool its body temperature down. Do not approach a basking alligator.
- Alligators that leave the banks of rivers and streams to spend time near homes, livestock or other structured areas are considered “nuisance alligators” and Texas Parks and Wildlife should be contacted by calling 281-842-8100.
- Alligators that leave the water and approach people directly are also considered “nuisance alligators” and should be immediately reported to TPWD.
- If an alligator is not approaching people or posing an obvious threat, wait a few days or even up to a week before reporting it to TPWD. In the spring and summer months, alligators tend to move around for breeding purposes and are simply looking for a new habitat.
City officials explained that residents could learn more about alligators and other Seabrook wildlife on the Seabrook website, www.seabrooktx.gov/wildlife.