Why On Earth Would Anyone Let An Alligator Bite Him…Look Here To See Why
Media personality Coyote Peterson has done a lot of crazy things, but letting an alligator “bite” him ?!? From coast to coast across the United States and all over the world, American Alligators are becoming increasingly popular in the pet trade and while Coyote himself loves Alligators he is always the first one to say that owning them as pets is NEVER a good idea. To demonstrate why, he has volunteered himself to show the damage that just a two year old juvenile can inflict upon an unwary pet owner…and let’s just say, it’s not pretty!
Alligators and crocodiles have formidable jaws that snap closed with enough force to break the bones of even the largest animals. A human can tear into a steak and generate between 150 and 200 pounds per square inch of force. In comparison, the largest crocodilian species can generate nearly 19 times that amount of force when they eat.
Both males and females have an “armored” body with a muscular, flat tail. The skin on their back is armored with embedded bony plates called osteoderms or scutes. They have four short legs; the front legs have five toes while the back legs have only four toes. Alligators have a long, rounded snout that has upward facing nostrils at the end; this allows breathing to occur while the rest of the body is underwater.
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.