It was a scary situation for both an alligator and the homeowner over the weekend as the gator got trapped in a backyard and later the fence.  The incident occurred in the Sea Trail community of Sunset Beach. Luckily the homeowner realized that the animal, which got its head stuck in the fence trying to escape the yard, was in distress. They were quick to reach out to the Sunset Beach Police Department who shared the incident on social media. They report that while the alligator was agitated by the officers at first, they were able to get free and transported back to the neighborhood pond where it resides.

The department also took this as an opportunity to educate and warn the public of the dangers of gators. They wrote: “Alligators are protected under North Carolina State Law. Alligators are dangerous animals. Do not approach them or allow children to approach them. Alligators can move very quickly over short distances. Never feed alligators. Feeding alligators teaches them that humans are sources of food, which could lead to injury or even death. This is especially dangerous in areas where children may be present. Feeding alligators outside of captivity in North Carolina is prohibited by General Statute.”

Seeing an alligator anywhere, but especially stuck in your fence can be startling. Luckily this homeowner did the right thing and no people or gators were harmed.

Can You Guess the Most Dangerous Animals in North Carolina?

Well, we all know North Carolina is home to many different species of animals across the state. From unique pets to animals you find on the beach to animals you find up in the mountains. The state has so many different types of living areas for animals that it is kind of wild to think about how many different homes we offer them. But, not all of these animals are ones you should play with. Think about it, not every animal is a kind, friendly dog. We have some dangerous species to beware of within the state.

Animal Vivid wants to be sure we are all aware of what creatures we should stay away from if we ever come across them. From deadly reptiles to deadly insects, you never know what you might come across in North Carolina wildlife. They gathered a list of the 10 most dangerous animals in North Carolina. Below, you can find 5 of the most dangerous animals in North Carolina and a little bit about each one. No worries, want to see the full list of all 10, click here and be safe!

  • The American Alligator

    Come on, we’re in the Carolinas! We knew an alligator would have to make this list at some point. This reptile lives in swamps, streams, or rivers throughout the state. Unfortunately, the alligator is a carnivore. The American alligator specifically is a species of alligator that you should be extremely cautious of. Although it will ignore humans sometimes, it still can consider human flesh to be a great meal!

  • Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

    North Carolina is home to three different rattlesnake species, how lucky are we? All three are different level of danger to a human. Of the three though, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the most venomous in the American continent. Now, that is some power! The Diamondback is also the largest rattlesnake, so if you needed more of a reason to stay away… there you go!

  • Black Bears

    Now, coming from someone who just recently saw Cocaine Bear, I could see why this animal is on the list. Black bears are found throughout the forests spread across the state of North Carolina. Although the black bear is the smallest of all bear species, it can still be dangerous. Thankfully, the black bear does not attack often and would rather scare you away from it than actually harm you.

  • Brown Recluse Spider

    I am not a spider person whatsoever, but here we go. The brown recluse spider can be found in wood piles, sheds, or garages which means it’s close to home. Although they contain a very high level of venom they are a bit iffy when it comes to humans. The spider only bites when it feels threatened so be careful if you ever see one, because the venom is strong enough to put you in the hospital after a bite.


  • White-tailed Deer

    We all know we have seen a deer or two whenever we’re out on the roads. This mammal lives in cropland, brushland, or pastureland across the state. Although deer are pretty peaceful in general, they earned their danger stripes due to the number of car accidents they cause throughout the state. Early mornings and early evenings you can find deer crossing dark roads at such random and high-speed cars sometimes don’t stand a chance. Whenever you’re on a roadway where you may not be able to tell if a deer is coming or not, it’s always best to just sit back and drive with caution.


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