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Alligators more active as Southwest GA heats up

It’s heating up right now in Southwest Georgia and experts say that makes alligators more active./ Jazmyne Hankerson

It’s heating up right now in Southwest Georgia and experts say that makes alligators more active.

Alligators are known to like big bodies of water and are found more in southern part of the state because of the weather.

If you do see one, experts say to give it space and if it does chase you to run in a straight line, though it likely won’t chase you far.

The most important thing to remember is never to feed them because things could go wrong.

“[Alligators] are thinking ok people have food, people have food. It becomes more and more ingrained and then somebody shows up without food and the alligator goes 'well I know you’ve got it somewhere' so I’m just going to bit you and take it from you,” said Chehaw Park’s Director of Animal Care Ben Roberts.

Despite how they may look, Roberts said alligators are naturally calm animals and if you run into one in the wild, unless it’s a female that’s nesting, it’ll likely run away.

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