Alligator mating season is underway in Florida.
Gators typically begin courtships around April, and mating gets underway around May and June.
Pregnant females will lay their eggs -- often as many as three or four dozen -- in late June or early July.
The incubation period will last 63-68 days, leaving the eggs to hatch in mid-August or early September.
Survival rates aren't great. Roughly a third of alligator nests are typically destroyed by predators or bad weather. And, if the nest isn't destroyed, only about two dozen hatchlings are normally born. Of those, about 10 will live to be a year old. And, only five or so will reach maturity, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Most recently, tragedy struck when a woman was killed by an alligator in Broward County.
If you see a gator, the best thing to do is stay away. If you need help with a nuisance alligator: Call the Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286).