The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reports that alligators may run up to 35 miles per hour on land. Although these creatures are alarmingly fast runners, they can only achieve and maintain these speeds for very short distances and in brief bursts.
Some southern Americans have an irrational fear of alligators pursuing humans on land. However, alligators are naturally afraid of humans and would rather avoid them than pursue them. Although certain alligators are known to be “nuisance alligators,” they usually only become so when someone gets too close. As a precaution, it is advisable to maintain a distance of 60 feet from an adult alligator. If an alligator hisses, it indicates that the individual is too close.
The typical human can easily outpace an alligator due to its rapid fatigue. Alligators are ambush predators that prefer to ambush food while swimming at rates of up to 20 miles per hour and remaining hidden in the water.