How to Build an Alligator Trap

Alligators are very large, dangerous aquatic reptiles that can cause damage and danger if they are in close proximity with humans. In areas like Florida, where the swamps and waterways encourage both alligator and human habitation, alligators can become a problem. For anyone who owns a home in an area populated by alligators, the danger from these toothsome beasts is something better eradicated. Although they are large creatures, trapping an alligator does not actually take a traditional "trap." Getting rid of alligators is more efficiently done with a couple of easy steps that are closely related to fishing.

Things You'll Need

  • Large fish hooks (12/0 forged)

  • Bait (fish, beef or chicken)

  • Rope

Step 1

Attach the fish hook to a length of rope. Tie the fish hook on tightly, as it will need to hold up to the weight of an alligator.

Step 2

Bait the hook with a large piece of beef, chicken or fish. Alligators are very motivated by food and will aggressively jump for the bait once they find it.

Step 3

Suspend the bait over water that is frequented by alligators. Throw the rope over a pole or tree branch and adjust it so that the hook is 2 feet above the surface of the water. Tie the rope securely. Alligators will jump up to get the bait and get hooked. Allow the hook to hang closer to the water to trap smaller gators.


To trap alligators alive, use commercial trip-snare traps instead of hooks.

Trap gators more effectively by baiting hooks at night to take advantage of an alligator's natural feeding time.


Alligators that are relocated have a proven record of returning to their old habitat.

Due to the physical makeup of a hook, this process is likely to harm the alligator.

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