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Have You Ever Heard an Alligator Hiss?

Have you ever heard an alligator hiss? Alligators hiss to let you know that they are upset and to warn you that they are about to strike. Alligators have a natural fear of humans. Therefore, if you hear an alligator hiss, it likely means that you are too close and the alligator feels threatened.

If you have a close encounter with an alligator, back away slowly. If an alligator charges at you, back away faster. It is extremely rare for wild alligators to pursue humans because humans are usually too large to be suitable prey. However, alligators are able to run up to 35 miles per hour if they need to.

At Wild Florida, we had an alligator encounter and got to witness alligator hissing first hand!

Another sound that alligators make is called bellowing. When alligators bellow, they make low notes, too low to be heard by humans, but audible to other alligators. Just before a male bellows, he performs a "water dance", vibrating his whole torso. Females bellow too, but not as loudly.

At Wild Florida Airboats, we see alligators all the time. Our Orlando airboat rides let you get up close and personal to these creatures in their natural habitat. Call 407-957-3135 to reserve your spot on an exciting airboat adventure in Orlando!