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The men in Florida are the most likely to be bitten by the alligators, according to a new study.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, examined alligator bites, reports dating back to 1971, and found that adult men who are not tourists, they were most often attacked.

Adult men are at the top of the list, because they are more likely to be close to the reptile, or enter bodies of water, where they lie in wait, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“A large injury to victims occurred in 247 of the biting incidents,” according to the study, according to the Times. “The estimated annual number of bites resulting in serious injury to the victim is increased from 3.5 to 7.0 at 1971-2014.” Twenty-two of those bites were fatal.

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An alligator swims in the Everglades.

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Males were more often bitten than females, and by a large margin: 81.4 per cent to 18.5 per cent of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Of course, the best way to avoid bites is to simply stay out of the water, gators and enjoy the canals, retention ponds and other smaller bodies of water. If you’re in the water, and you have to get out quickly.

“They will rise in the water level along the entire length of the body,” is a biologist Allan Woodward, one of the co-authors of the study, told the Florida newspaper.

About 90 per cent of all the gator bites in the United States happen in Florida, according to the study.

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