Hilton Head Island
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The largest freshwater reptile on Hilton Head Island is the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis).
Alligators are considered "keystone species," a species that helps fashion its environment and influence the types of species that live there. This is especially true on barrier islands like Hilton Head Island, where alligators perform necessary services.
It is illegal and dangerous to feed or harass alligators.
The presence of alligators alone does not qualify it to be a nuisance, even if it is located in an unexpected place. If left alone, most alligators will move on.
A nuisance alligator is one that has lost its fear of humans (as a result of feeding), may cause harm to people or property, and/or is trapped in a place it's not supposed to be.
SCDNR does not allow relocation of alligators.
Nuisance alligators will be euthanized.
Representatives of a Property Management group should contact your regional nuisance alligator coordinator at 803-625-3569 to learn what resources are available for managing alligators on your property.