how big do alligators get in north carolina?
In North Carolina, the typical size for females is 9 Ft or less and the males can grow to between 11-13 Ft.
how long do they live?
They can live 40+ years in the wild.
can i feed one?
NO! It is against the law to feed an alligator. In NC it is a Class H Felony and can be subject to a $500 fine and/or jail time. If alligators are fed, they become "Food Conditioned" gators. They will associate humans with food. They do not see the difference between the food you are trying to feed them and you.
what should i do if i see one?
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE! Always be aware of your surroundings. Alligators are ambush predators. Often times you can not see them until you are within striking distance.
what can i do to help protect them?
Alligators have survived for millions of years. They have remained largely unchanged throughout their evolution. They do not "need" our help except to leave them alone.