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Swift, deadly predators kill by drowning.

ALLIGATORS are swift and accurate in attack, clamping their powerful jaws on victims and dragging them underwater.

Their main method of killing is to drown quarry while violently shaking them to break bones.

They are almost invisible before striking from shallow water and will feed on just about anything, including fish, frogs, birds, turtles, snakes, wild hogs, humans and other alligators.

Once its victim is dead, an alligator may not eat immediately but store it in an underwater den. They eat by biting and do not swallow the prey in its entirety.

Females rarely exceed 10ft but males can grow much larger. The Florida record is a 14ft male from Lake Washington in Brevard County. The state has the largest alligator population in the US with up to two-million thought to live across all 67 counties.

Since 1948, 383 people in Florida have suffered alligator bites but only 23 attacks were fatal.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 16, 2016
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