How fast can a land-based alligator run?

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says that an alligator on land can run up to 35 mph. Even though these animals run at speeds that are scary fast, they can only do so for short periods of time and for very short distances.

Some Americans who live in the South worry that alligators might chase people on land, which is a scary thought. Alligators, on the other hand, are afraid of people and would rather stay away from them than chase after them.

Even though some alligators are called “nuisance alligators,” they usually only act that way when someone gets too close. As a safety measure, you should stay at least 60 feet away from an adult alligator. If an alligator hisses, it means that someone is too close to it.

An alligator is hard to outrun because it gets tired quickly. Alligators are sneaky hunters who like to hide in the water and sneak up on their prey. They can swim up to 20 miles per hour.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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