Alligators Are In Tennessee Now & Here’s Video Evidence

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Alligators In Tennessee Now

Alligators have been reported to be moving north according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA). They confirmed it recently when a seven-foot alligator was spotted and videoed at the Wolf River in Fayette County.

West Tennesse Alligator

West Tennessee AlligatorsRecently a seven-foot alligator was videoed by TWRA Region 1 personnel at the Wolf River WMA in Fayette County. This latest sighting is one of several confirmed sightings of alligators in Southwest Tennessee. Alligators are naturally expanding their range into Tennessee from the southern border states. TWRA has not stocked any alligators in Tennessee. Alligators expanding into Tennessee is just another species that we must learn to coexist with like many of the other southern states.Alligators are opportunistic feeders that prey on fish, turtles, snakes, frogs, and waterfowl. Occasionally they will feed on larger animals such as possums, raccoons, and deer.Alligators can survive Tennessee winters by going into a hibernation-like dormancy called brumation. They can withstand periods of ice by sticking their snout out of the water before it freezes which allows them to continue breathing.TWRA would like to remind everyone that alligators are a protected species and catching or shooting one is a violation of the law. If you come across one while exploring the outdoors in West TN, leave it alone and enjoy Tennessee’s unique biodiversity.

Posted by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wrote, “Alligators are naturally expanding their range into Tennessee from the southern border states. TWRA has not stocked any alligators in Tennessee. Alligators expanding into Tennessee is just another species that we must learn to coexist with like many of the other southern states.”

Gators Can Survive Cold Winters

According to TWRC the alligators will be able to survive the cold winters of Tennessee by going into a hibernation mode called brumation. Even when the water freezes they can survive and have learned to adapt by sticking their noses out of the water so when it ices over they can breathe.

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The Agency says not to panic though because the number of alligators in Tennessee is very low and they are expanding slowly so it’s highly unlikely you’ll see one anytime soon. However, if you do see a gator TWRA reports alligators are a protected species and killing or capturing one is a violation of the law.

If you do run into one while exploring the great outdoors in Tennessee, just leave it alone.

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