We used to have a 12' gator living in one of our ponds and I have walked right up on himseveral times. Needless to say that a few times I almost had to change pants. However he would always run from us so I never did really worry. However that was about 30 years ago and since then gators have become more used to humans especially those that get fed by humans and now start looking for a handout.
They are getting overpopulated and looking for anything to eat they can find. Me, I always take a handgun with me while fishing or hunting. You never know what is going to try to catch up with you. Snakes get tired of swimming and will climb into your boat!!!!!!!!!!