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American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
Photos: © 2007 Jeffrey Berger
Like icebergs, there is more to a submerged gator than meets the eye. So how big is this one, you ask? Introducing Swampcracker’s First Law of Gator Measurement:
Since every inch of jaw is equivalent to a foot of gator, estimate the distance from the tip of the snout to the eye sockets in inches and translate into in feet. For this gator, ten inches from eyes to snout means a total estimated length of ten feet.
Despite having a fierce reputation, alligators are harmless to humans until they reach 8 feet. However, you should NEVER FEED a gator. Once accustomed to handouts from humans, they become a nuisance and must be sacrificed. Remember: "A fed gator is a dead gator.”