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Alligator Handler Makes Terrible Mistake

As I watched this video of an alligator handler, my main thought was- ‘that doesn’t look too smart’. I originally saw this video on Facebook, so after some digging, I found it on YouTube and that is the version you’ll see below. Now, one would think, that a guy that handles alligators for a living would exercise just a little bit more caution….sadly for him, this was not the case.

“In a study led by professor Greg Erickson of Florida State University, the bite force of crocodiles and alligators was tested by placing a measuring device similar to a tuning fork between their teeth. A gauge attached to the device gave the scientists readings of the animals’ bite force in psi. The American alligator clamped his jaws around the device exerting an average of 2,980 psi and ranked fifth overall in terms of bite strength among the species tested. In comparison, animals such as hyenas, lions and tigers bite with a force around 1,000 psi.”

In other words….when an alligator bites down on it’s prey….that animal isn’t going anywhere, but straight down the gators gullet. The title of this video is slightly misleading, it says: “Crocodile Bites Hand”. But, if you look closely at the animal’s snout, you will see that it is broader and more rounded (see photo below).

alligator-crocodile

“Snout shape: Alligators have wider, U-shaped snouts, while crocodile front ends are more pointed and V-shaped. Toothy grin: When their snouts are shut,crocodiles look like they’re flashing a toothy grin, as the fourth tooth on each side of the lower jaw sticks up over the upper lip.”

Here’s the video:

Whatever the case, this so-called “professional”, was very careless in his handling of this animal. This is once instance, where the audience at this particular Gator Park, got a shocking first hand look at just how dangerous these animals really are.

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