This Gigantic Alligator Devouring Its Young In Florida Is Shaking The Internet


We’re literally 48 hours removed from the light-hearted story about a Florida man catching a sizable alligator in a trash bin, presumably to return it to its natural habitat.

We all giggled at the reptile heist and went on with our day.

This clip may be tougher to shake, as another Florida Man captured a Jurassic Park-esque gator swallowing one if its own like children do Dunakaroos at recess.

You, like me, may be wondering why on earth a gator would eat its young. Here’s what the site Alligator Farm has to say about it.

Though mother alligators are usually very good parents, some literature implies that male American Alligators tend to be unconcerned with their offspring, or worse yet, have been known to eat the hatchlings. Because of multiple paternity, it is possible the males don’t even know which hatchlings are theirs.

As Live Science points out, a new study finds that between 6 percent and 7 percent of young alligators fall victim to cannibalism.

The researchers analyzed data from years of alligator tagging and tracking programs at Orange Lake, a shallow, marshy body of water near Gainesville, Fla. Between 1981 and 1987, 267 stomachs from adult alligators that had been killed by hunters were examined for tags in an effort to find out how many tagged alligators were being cannibalized by other gators.

Thirty-three of the stomachs contained tags, for a total of 56 tags in all. One particularly hungry gator had eaten at least 14 other alligators. The other gators carried a tag or two in their stomachs.

In any event, the internet was understandably shook.

Nature is metal.

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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.