Wednesday, 14 October, 2015

45 year old Doug George Brown was attacked by an American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) while repairing his mother's water pump in her backyard at Canal St. in Tavares at approximately 3:00 PM. The alligator, which was estimated to be 7-8 feet in length, was apparently trying to drag him into a nearby canal but he managed to escape; it was later captured and killed.

Location data

Latitude: 28.815239000000
Longitude: -81.754929000000

Incident details

Outcome: Non-Fatal
Victim Age: 45
Sex: Male
Activity Detail: Repairing water pump in his mother's backyard
Witnessed: Unknown
Overall Quality of Report
Most important information is present and well-detailed
Date of Incident Date Precision
2015-10-14 Precise
Species Certainty
American Alligator Certain
Size (metres) Size Precision
2.3 Low certainty
Location scale Location accuracy
  • Precise Lat/Lon given
  • Waterbody (eg, river name)
  • District (common name for an area)
  • Province (or State)
  • Country

About the crocodilian

American Alligator

An iconic inhabitant of southeastern United States, the American alligator is a relatively large species that in rare cases can reach 4.5 m or 15 feet in length. The current range of the species extends from northeastern North Carolina (Alligator River NWR) through the Gulf Coast to eastern Texas and near the Mexican/USA border (Laguna Atascosa NWR). Occasionally itinerant animals have been found in the lower Rio Grande along the border with the Mexican state of Tamaulipas and within the Great Dismal Swamp in southeastern Virginia. The American alligator prefers freshwater habitat (e.g. swamps, marshes, rivers, lakes) but may occasionally be found in brackish areas. The species is tolerant of colder temperatures and is capable of surviving freezing winter conditions within certain parts of its range. Juveniles feed mostly upon invertebrates and small vertebrates, while adults may take birds, reptiles and mammals (including domestic dogs and cats). The American alligator has a rather undeserved reputation as a "man-eater"; while fatal attacks on humans have occurred in the past, these are not frequent (none since 2007) and rarely involve consumption of the victim. The species has recovered substantially since being protected in 1960's and currently populations in Lousiana and Florida are estimated to number over one million. Threats to the species are primarily localised and involve human encroachment and loss of habitat.

Alligator mississippiensis
American alligator range map

About this record

Last Updated Contributor Incident Link Node Item GUID FKID
2015-10-20 16:05 Brandon Sideleau 100-5794 5794