Caption: Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is one of the northernmost breeding waters and homes of the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). Alligators are carnivores. They can live over 35 years. And they grow up to 15 feet. Occasionally large gators are seen on Alligator River Refuge. But like the gator seen in this photo, more 2-4 foot sightings are reported. Alligators can regulate their body temperature by warming in the sun and cooling in the water or shade.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) NOTICE
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.
For local conditions review the information on refuge websites and/or call ahead. At this time, the Manteo Office for the Coastal NC National Wildlife Refuges Complex is staffed for emergency calls and general information: 252-473-1131 Ext 224. Or you may email email@example.com for information about all refuges in eastern North Carolina.
If visiting one of our refuges, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and exercising good hygiene.